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throw

play
verb \ˈthrō\

Definition of throw

threw

play \ˈthrü\;

thrown

play \ˈthrōn\;

throwing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm throw a baseballb :  to propel through the air in any manner a rifle that can throw a bullet a milec :  pitch 6b threw a no-hitter

  3. 2a :  to cause to fall threw his opponentb :  to cause to fall off :  unseat the horse threw its riderc :  to get the better of :  overcome the problem didn't throw her

  4. 3a :  to fling (oneself) precipitately threw herself down on the sofab :  to drive or impel violently :  dash the ship was thrown on a reef

  5. 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 coatb :  to bring to bear :  exert threw all his efforts into the boy's defense throw their weight behind the proposalc :  build, construct threw a pontoon bridge over the river

  6. 5 :  to form or shape on a potter's wheel

  7. 6 :  to deliver (a blow) in or as if in boxing

  8. 7 :  to twist two or more filaments of into a thread or yarn

  9. 8a :  to make a cast of (dice or a specified number on dice)b :  roll 1a throw a bowling ball

  10. 9 :  to give up :  abandon

  11. 10 :  to send forth :  project the setting sun threw long shadows; also :  shed 3c throw some light on the matter

  12. 11 :  to make (oneself) dependent :  commit (oneself) for help, support, or protection threw himself on the mercy of the court

  13. 12 :  deposit 2b the wine throws sediment

  14. 13 :  to perform (something, such as a stunt) successfully throwing tricks on a skateboard

  15. 14 :  to indulge in :  give way to threw a temper tantrum

  16. 15a :  to bring forth throws a good cropb :  to give birth to threw large litters

  17. 16 :  to lose intentionally throw a game

  18. 17a :  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 leverb :  to put (an automobile) in a different gear especially quickly or suddenly he threw the car into reverse

  19. 18 :  to give by way of entertainment throw a party

  20. intransitive verb
  21. :  cast, hurl

thrower

play \ˈthrō-ər\ noun

throw cold water on

  1. :  to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference

throw money at

  1. :  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

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throw one's weight about

  1. :  to exercise influence or authority especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner

throw to the wolves

  1. :  to leave unprotected against fierce opposition or attack

throw together

  1. 1 :  to put together in a hurried and usually careless manner a bookshelf hastily thrown together

  2. 2 :  to bring into casual association different kinds of people are thrown together — Richard Sennett

Examples of throw in a sentence

  1. She threw the ball to first base.

  2. We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony.

  3. Let's see how far you can throw.

  4. You throw like a wimp.

  5. She threw her coat on the bed.

  6. Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can.

  7. The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat.

  8. The crash threw the driver from the car.

  9. She was thrown from the horse.

  10. The storm threw the boat against a reef.

Origin and Etymology of throw

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


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of throw

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.

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throw

noun

Definition of throw

  1. 1a :  an act of throwing, hurling, or flingingb (1) :  an act of throwing dice (2) :  the number thrown with a cast of dicec :  a method of throwing an opponent in wrestling or judo

  2. 2 :  the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected

  3. 3 :  an undertaking involving chance or danger :  risk, venture

  4. 4 :  the amount of vertical displacement produced by a geological fault

  5. 5a :  the extreme movement given to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, or eccentric :  strokeb :  the length of the radius of a crank or the virtual crank radius of an eccentric or cam

  6. 6a :  a light coverlet (as for a bed)b :  a woman's scarf or light wrap

a throw

  1. :  for each one :  apiece copies are to be sold at $5 a throw — Harvey Breit

Examples of throw in a sentence

  1. The quarterback made a perfect throw.

  2. He lost all his winnings on his last throw.

  3. a discus throw of 200 feet

  4. It's a long throw from center field to home plate.

1530

First Known Use of throw

1530


THROW Defined for English Language Learners

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throw

play
verb \ˈthrō\

Definition of throw for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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throw

noun

Definition of throw for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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throw

play
verb \ˈthrō\

Definition of throw for Students

threw

\ˈthrü\;

thrown

\ˈthrōn\;

throwing

  1. 1 :  to send through the air with a quick forward motion of the arm Throw me a ball.

  2. 2 :  to put suddenly in a certain position or condition Don't throw trash on the ground. They threw him in prison.

  3. 3 :  to cause to fall The horse threw its rider.

  4. 4 :  to put on or take off in a hurry Let me throw on a coat.

  5. 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. 6 :  to move (as a window or switch) to an open or closed position

  7. 7 :  to give by way of entertainment Let's throw a party!

thrower

noun

throw away

  1. 1 :  to get rid of :  discard

  2. 2 :  squander, waste Don't throw away your money.

throw out

  1. 1 :  to get rid of Did you throw out the newspaper?

  2. 2 :  to remove from a place, position, or participation The ref threw out two players.

  3. 3 :  to give off The wire threw out sparks.

  4. 4 :  to cause to project :  extend He threw out his arms.

throw up

  1. :  2vomit


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throw

play
noun

Definition of throw for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of causing something to move with a motion of the arm

  2. 2 :  the distance something is or may be sent with a motion of the arm



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