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

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, toss

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, venture

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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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

Siemian was knocked out of the game after throwing a long incomplete pass to Ryan Griffin and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett slammed into him, then fell on top of him. BostonGlobe.com, "Odell Beckham on what it meant to return to MetLife," 17 Sep. 2019 The Manual quarterback threw a pass during an August practice last year and felt a sharp pain pierce through his back. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "QB Zach Recktenwald is leading Manual again after suffering scary back injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Taye McWilliams rushed for three touchdowns, while B.J. Harris scored twice and threw a touchdown pass as the Mustangs scored twice in every quarter. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "FBISD notebook: Travis football rallies to remain undefeated," 16 Sep. 2019 Siemian was knocked out of the game after throwing a long incomplete pass to Ryan Griffin and Cleveland’s Myles Garrett slammed into him, and fell on top of him. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 2019 Daniels threw a 40-yard pass to Aiyuk, who ran a double-move to the outside that got MSU cornerback Josh Butler to stumble just enough to give the receiver separation and an easy catch. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Explaining how Michigan State, Mark Dantonio cracked in loss to Arizona State," 15 Sep. 2019 Wide receiver Neil McLaurin — a high school quarterback — also threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Mitchell on a trick play in the third quarter. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Troy drops wild shootout vs. Southern Miss, 47-42," 15 Sep. 2019 The redshirt freshman was in uniform but never threw a pass in either early work or warm-ups. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football takes dominance on the road to Indiana in 51-10 victory," 14 Sep. 2019 The Falcons, who threw just one pass in a 48-7 season-opening win over Colgate, weren’t wrong. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Air Force takes CU Buffs by surprise with deadly passing game: “Nobody in this nation can stop us.”," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The speedy Sierra dropped a perfect bunt down the third-base line and Chafin — who wasn't going to get Sierra out anyway — made an errant throw to first that scored Lewis Brinson with thw tying run. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Steve Wilks said his defensive approach wouldn’t change with Darold sidelined, because Siemian can read defenses and make every throw. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Todd Monken’s honest answer put a dent in the next man up cliche," 16 Sep. 2019 South Carolina failed to convert a fake field goal and a fake punt before halftime and a fourth-down throw on the second quarter’s final snap fell incomplete. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The good, bad news about Alabama’s defense," 15 Sep. 2019 In the fifth inning, Freddy Galvis drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds make MLB history in 1-0 loss to Arizona Diamondbacks," 15 Sep. 2019 Patrick Mahomes: The Chiefs quarterback missed some throws, but that didn’t stop him from throwing touchdown passes of 44 yards to Demarcus Robinson, 44 yards to Mecole Hardman, 27 to Travis Kelce and 39 yards to Robinson. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Chiefs-Raiders: Studs and duds at halftime," 15 Sep. 2019 New England was an 18 1/2-point favorite but led only 7-0 late in the first half before Brady's touchdown throw to Brown. oregonlive, "Antonio Brown scores a touchdown as the New England Patriots blow out the Miami Dolphins: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 New coordinator Arthur Smith schemed up 10.5 YPA from Marcus Mariota without requiring many difficult throws. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Week 2 picks: Colts vs. Titans is a tossup," 12 Sep. 2019 Pillows and throws are inexpensive ways to add more softness. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "How to display your books when space is tight," 12 Sep. 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

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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