throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü How to pronounce threw (audio) \; thrown\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce thrown (audio) \; throwing

Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm throw a baseball
b : to propel through the air in any manner a rifle that can throw a bullet a mile
c : pitch sense 6b threw a no-hitter
2a : to cause to fall threw his opponent
b : to cause to fall off : unseat the horse threw its rider
c : to get the better of : overcome the problem didn't throw her
3a : to fling (oneself) precipitately threw herself down on the sofa
b : to drive or impel violently : dash the ship was thrown on a reef
4a(1) : to put in a particular position or condition threw her arms around him thrown into chaos threw him into prison
(2) : to put on or off hastily or carelessly threw on a coat
b : to bring to bear : exert threw all his efforts into the boy's defense throw their weight behind the proposal
c : build, construct threw a pontoon bridge over the river
5 : to give by way of entertainment throw a party
6 : to indulge in : give way to threw a temper tantrum
7 : to lose intentionally throw a game
8 : to form or shape on a potter's wheel
9 : to deliver (a blow) in or as if in boxing
10a : to make a cast of (dice or a specified number on dice)
b : roll sense 1a throw a bowling ball
11 : to give up : abandon
12 : to send forth : project the setting sun threw long shadows also : shed sense 3b throw some light on the matter
13 : to make (oneself) dependent : commit (oneself) for help, support, or protection threw himself on the mercy of the court
14 : to perform (something, such as a stunt) successfully throwing tricks on a skateboard
15a : to bring forth throws a good crop
b : to give birth to threw large litters
16a : to move (a lever) so as to connect or disconnect parts of a clutch or switch also : to make or break (a connection) with a lever
b : to put (an automobile) in a different gear especially quickly or suddenly he threw the car into reverse
17 : deposit sense 2b the wine throws sediment
18 : to twist two or more filaments of into a thread or yarn
throw cold water on
: to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference
throw money at
: to spend large sums of money on or for especially recklessly or ineffectively trying to solve problems by throwing money at them
throw one's weight around or throw one's weight about
: to exercise influence or authority especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner
throw to the wolves
: to leave unprotected against fierce opposition or attack
throw together
1 : to put together in a hurried and usually careless manner a bookshelf hastily thrown together
2 : to bring into casual association different kinds of people are thrown together— Richard Sennett

throw

noun

Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging
b(1) : an act of throwing dice
(2) : the number thrown with a cast of dice
c : a method of throwing an opponent in wrestling or judo
2 : the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected
3a : a light coverlet (as for a bed)
b : a woman's scarf or light wrap
4 : an undertaking involving chance or danger : risk, venture
5 : the amount of vertical displacement produced by a geological fault
6a : the extreme movement given to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, or eccentric : stroke
b : the length of the radius of a crank or the virtual crank radius of an eccentric or cam
a throw
: for each one : apiece copies are to be sold at $5 a throw— Harvey Breit

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Other Words from throw

Verb

thrower \ ˈthrō-​ər How to pronounce thrower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

Verb

throw, toss, and hurl mean to cause something to move swiftly through space often by using the arm. throw is the broadest word and can be used of almost any motion and driving force. The graduates threw their caps in the air. A crash threw the driver from the car. toss is used for a light or careless throwing of something. Let's toss a coin. He tossed the paper into the wastebasket. hurl is used when throwing with strong force. An angry mob hurled rocks.

Examples of throw in a Sentence

Verb She threw the ball to first base. We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony. Let's see how far you can throw. You throw like a wimp. She threw her coat on the bed. Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can. The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat. The crash threw the driver from the car. She was thrown from the horse. The storm threw the boat against a reef. Noun The quarterback made a perfect throw. He lost all his winnings on his last throw. a discus throw of 200 feet It's a long throw from center field to home plate.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His career-high 120 rushing yards are the most by an NFL quarterback who also threw for over 250 yards in the same game. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "In another historic performance, Lamar Jackson fuses old and new to power Ravens’ 23-17 win vs. Cardinals," 16 Sep. 2019 Facing a quarterback who threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns against OSU a year earlier, Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette and the secondary denied IU all afternoon. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Is Ohio State football’s defense ready for Clemson and Alabama? Buckeye Rewatch," 16 Sep. 2019 An unrepentant Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi reporter who’d thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush in December 2008, was freed from prison. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.," 15 Sep. 2019 Jackson, who threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns against the Dolphins, became the youngest player to obtain a perfect rating, at 22 years, 244 days old. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Can the Bears beat the Broncos in Week 2? Check the numbers.," 14 Sep. 2019 The game was decided early by turnovers, with four interceptions thrown by the Mahtomedi quarterbacks in the first half. Drew Cove, Twin Cities, "High school football: Unbeaten St. Thomas Academy routs Mahtomedi," 13 Sep. 2019 The Calgary defense should swallow up Ti-Cats QB Dane Evans, who has thrown seven touchdowns against eight interceptions on the season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Calgary Stampeders odds, picks and best bets," 13 Sep. 2019 Enter QB Jayden Daniels, who has thrown for 238 of his 588 yards to WR Brandon Aiyuk on eight connections. Chris Solari, azcentral, "Behind enemy lines: Michigan State's scouting report vs. ASU football," 13 Sep. 2019 The world is now divided among fans who want to pose with him for a selfie and antagonists who’d rather throw things at him. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brees left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter after the thumb on his right hand hit the hand of on-rushing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the follow trough of a throw. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW ORLEANS — Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been diagnosed with a torn ligament near the thumb of his throwing hand that is expected to sideline him at least six weeks, said a person familiar with the situation.," 17 Sep. 2019 Brees left Sunday’s game against the Rams in the first quarter after his right thumb hit the hand of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald on the follow-through of a throw. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "Drew Brees expected to be out at least 6 weeks with a torn thumb ligament that needs surgery," 16 Sep. 2019 Brees left Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter after the thumb on his right hand hit the hand of on-rushing Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the follow trough of a throw. Brett Martel, Houston Chronicle, "Saints' Drew Brees has torn ligament in thumb," 16 Sep. 2019 Some might question the accuracy of his calls, but there’s no doubting the accuracy of those throws. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Bears," 15 Sep. 2019 Late in the game, Brissett made another brilliant couple of throws to keep the Colts in the game. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Missed tackles, missed kicks cost Colts in 30-24 loss to Chargers," 8 Sep. 2019 Considering the franchise’s instability at quarterback before Joe Flacco’s arrival in 2008, the Ravens’ preseason passing history reads like a grave warning of throws to come. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "With potentially record-breaking preseason, QB Trace McSorley has ‘earned the right’ to be in Ravens’ plans," 28 Aug. 2019 Everything offensively, with the exception of maybe a couple of throws and a couple of run after catches, execution was very poor. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Everything Freddie Kitchens said after the Browns’ preseason loss to the Buccaneers," 24 Aug. 2019 The Chargers also cut back on the number of throws Rivers made during training camp and each week in practice. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Philip Rivers doesn’t need preseason action to be ready for Chargers’ season," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of throw

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for throw

Verb

Middle English thrawen, throwen to cause to twist, throw, from Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn; akin to Old High German drāen to turn, Latin terere to rub, Greek tribein to rub, tetrainein to bore, pierce

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throw

verb
How to pronounce throw (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward
: to put (something) in a particular place in a careless or forceful way
: to cause (someone or something) to move suddenly or forcefully to or away from a particular place

throw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of throwing something (such as a ball)
: an act of rolling dice
: the distance over which something is thrown or could be thrown

throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü \; thrown\ ˈthrōn \; throwing

Kids Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send through the air with a quick forward motion of the arm Throw me a ball.
2 : to put suddenly in a certain position or condition Don't throw trash on the ground. They threw him in prison.
3 : to cause to fall The horse threw its rider.
4 : to put on or take off in a hurry Let me throw on a coat.
5 : to move (the body or part of the body) in a certain way I threw myself on the bed. He threw his arms around her.
6 : to move (as a window or switch) to an open or closed position
7 : to give by way of entertainment Let's throw a party!
throw away
1 : to get rid of : discard
2 : squander, waste Don't throw away your money.
throw out
1 : to get rid of Did you throw out the newspaper?
2 : to remove from a place, position, or participation The ref threw out two players.
3 : to give off The wire threw out sparks.
4 : to cause to project : extend He threw out his arms.
throw up

Other Words from throw

thrower noun

throw

noun

Kids Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of causing something to move with a motion of the arm
2 : the distance something is or may be sent with a motion of the arm

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