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 3c 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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Heimann had raced to third and had to retreat, Gonzalez ran home when Berger threw Heimann out at second. Scott French, latimes.com, "Seaview uses pitching, baserunning to top Costa Mesa American," 8 June 2019 Laptop and Tablet Deals Asus Zenbook 13 for $749 ($201 off): A modern and understated laptop, the Zenbook 13 is light enough to carry with you anywhere and powerful enough to handle almost anything your workday can throw at it. Wired Staff, WIRED, "16 Killer Deals on iPad, Galaxy S10E, TV Speakers, and More," 8 June 2019 The temperamental Drysdale, an intimidating, sidearming right-hander who didn’t mind throwing at or hitting batters, opened the sixth by knocking down second baseman Don Blasingame, earning a warning from plate umpire Dusty Boggess. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Cincinnati Reds games: No. 39 – Frank Robinson made Los Angeles Dodgers pay in 1961," 7 June 2019 Law enforcement agencies from across the metro area are stepping up coordination efforts and throwing more resources at the problem. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "At least 175 drug overdoses in MN — 17 fatal — the past 2 weeks; law enforcement stepping up efforts," 7 June 2019 Sudden illness, Michael Drive Police said a Brook Park man, 18, threw a rock at them and punched the window of their cruiser at about 8 p.m. May 22 on Michael. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Creepy, crawling, zombie-like man arrested; shoplifter denies ownership of his own pants: Brook Park Police Blotter," 7 June 2019 One such antic involved throwing his entire body at the plastic glass that divides a hockey rink from the spectators. al.com, "Rooting for ‘Chappy’: Why the Stanley Cup Finals are resurrecting Mobile Mystick memories," 6 June 2019 With so many companies throwing billions of dollars at the cannabis market, and states seeing the potential for significant tax revenue, the legalization of cannabis in the U.S. is expected to expand. NBC News, "Joint effort? Breweries add cannabis to their beer to fight rise in popularity of legal marijuana," 6 June 2019 Another highlight is an interview with John Green, the fan who threw the drink. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "The Turbulent Journey of Metta World Peace," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Desir won all three of his repetitions in 1-on-1 matchups against the wide receivers, blanketing Steve Ishmael so well on one rep that Jacoby Brissett didn’t even attempt a throw. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Darius Leonard's ankle feeling much better after unexpected surgery," 11 June 2019 He was thrown out trying to take second on the throw home. Scott French, latimes.com, "Huntington West Little League edges Costa Mesa National in extra innings, advances to District 62 Tournament of Champions Major semifinals," 11 June 2019 Best knuckler throw by anyone in a Boston uniform since Tim Wakefield. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how the Bruins turned the tables on the Blues in Game 6," 10 June 2019 Camp within a stone’s throw of the water at any of the dozens of state, provincial, and national parks that line the lake. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 The second goal came off a Venezuela throw-in and flick that somehow magically vaporized U.S. center backs Matt Miazga and Aaron Long. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Second Straight Dud Gives USMNT Cause for Concern Entering Gold Cup," 9 June 2019 Derek Fisher seemingly provided a gift by hitting a grounder in a 3-0 count, but shortstop Martin’s throw pulled Mancini off first base. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Yordan Alvarez's first major league homer sinks Orioles in 4-0 loss to Astros," 9 June 2019 When catcher Tucker Barnhart tried to sneak a pickoff throw to third base, the ball sailed into left field. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Jay Bruce homers in home debut with Philadelphia Phillies, hands Cincinnati Reds 4-2 loss," 8 June 2019 Any throw between the lines counts, but outside the lines is out of bounds. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora facility looks to get young people interested in hammer throw," 7 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

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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