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

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 Each car receives one free bag of feed, and guests must throw the pellets on the ground, with the exception of the giraffes, which can be hand-fed — a policy that predates the pandemic. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach," 25 June 2020 In Southern Indian culture, people throw kuri kalyanam parties, to which guests are expected to bring a cash donation for whatever big cost the host is raising funds for. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Why America won’t be going cashless anytime soon," 25 June 2020 In video footage, masked protesters, most of them young, many of them white, throw eggs at the statue and remove the protective covering that had been placed over it before the march. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "How Statues in Britain Began to Fall," 22 June 2020 The Dewans will throw an in-person party as well — perhaps even in India, where Rajat Dewan is from. Matt Villano, CNN, "Virtual weddings done right by couples undeterred by the pandemic," 22 June 2020 Creators Michelle and Robert King throw their characters into a gray area where no one ever walks away happy. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The death and life of the lawyer show," 18 June 2020 But just to get things rolling, throw all the lawyers, professional negotiators and leaders out of the room. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: MLB should send Nick Hundley, Gregor Blanco into talks with union," 17 June 2020 In another incident on May 31, someone did throw a Molotov cocktail in a glass bottle that broke before reaching officers. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police questioned on using tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters; oversight board starts review of use-of-force policies," 12 June 2020 McCulley does throw to one of the state’s up-and-coming receiving talents, Omar Cooper. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football gets commitment from 2021 Lawrence North QB Donaven McCulley," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This lush silver and gray floral set includes a comforter, two standard shams, two European shams, a bedskirt, a throw and three decorative pillows. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Macy's July 4th sale is stacked with deals so good, you'll be seeing stars," 29 June 2020 In addition, Walton-Verona’s Brant Smithers won an award from the Lions Eye Foundation for leading the state in free-throw percentage (90 percent). James Weber, The Enquirer, "Ryle standout Maddie Scherr named Kentucky Miss Basketball," 28 June 2020 In addition to looking good, a favorite cozy throw or pillow can bring comfort and joy into this new environment, bolstering student wellbeing. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Create a Home-Away-from-Home with These Dorm Decorating Ideas," 25 June 2020 Each seat is elegantly accented by a crisp cushion, while a few throw pillows add a little something playful. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Outdoor furniture sale offers up to 50 percent off deals on sectionals, patio umbrellas, lighting," 24 June 2020 And finally, notice how Adams initiates contact to prevent the back shoulder throw while also limiting Gronk’s ability to create late separation with a push-off. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: What kind of impact would a do-it-all safety like Jamal Adams have in the Cowboys’ defense?," 22 June 2020 But Kight’s throw was off-line and Paladysz scored. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Diamondbacks, Giants play to 1-1 stalemate in Mustang Division play," 17 June 2020 Colts coach Frank Reich, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady — along with general manager Chris Ballard — watched every throw Rivers made over the last two seasons. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Philip Rivers bristles at idea he can't play anymore: 'Shoot, let's turn on the tape'," 10 June 2020 Two bears in two days within a stone’s throw of camp. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "A Tale of Two Bears: Hunting Brown Bears in Alaska," 18 July 2016

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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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The first known use of throw was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Throw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for throw

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

Choose the Right Synonym for throw

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.

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