Definitions for: Throw

[n] the act of throwing (propelling something through the air with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
[n] the throwing of an object in order to determine an outcome randomly; "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"
[n] bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
[n] the distance that something can be thrown; "it is just a stone's throw from here"
[n] the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
[n] (informal) a single chance or instance; "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"
[v] be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
[v] convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
[v] utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"
[v] throw out onto a flat surface, as of die; "Throw a six"
[v] place with great energy; "She threw the blanket around the child"
[v] project through the air; "throw a frisbee"
[v] cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
[v] get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
[v] cause to fall off; "The horse threw its unexperienced rider"
[v] put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
[v] make on a potter's wheel; of pottery
[v] organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course", etc.
[v] cause to be confused emotionally
[v] move violently, energetically, or carelessly; "She threw herself forwards"
[v] to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly; "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car into reverse"

Webster (1913) Definition: Throw, v. i.

To throw back, to revert to an ancestral type or character.
``A large proportion of the steerage passengers throw back
to their Darwinian ancestry.'' --The Century. Throwing

Throw (thr[=o]), n. [See Throe.]
Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Throw, n. [AS. [thorn]r[=a]h, [thorn]r[=a]g.]
Time; while; space of time; moment; trice. [Obs.] --Shak.

I will with Thomas speak a little throw. --Chaucer.

Throw, v. t. [imp. Threw (thr[udd]); p. p. Thrown
(thr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Throwing.] [OE. [thorn]rowen,
[thorn]rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to
twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG.
dr[=a]jan, L. terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. ? to bore, to
turn, ? to pierce, ? a hole. Cf. Thread, Trite, Turn,
v. t.]
1. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of
the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss,
or to bowl.

2. To fling or cast in any manner; to drive to a distance
from the hand or from an engine; to propel; to send; as,
to throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a
ball; a fire engine throws a stream of water to extinguish

3. To drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be
thrown upon a rock.

4. (Mil.) To cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw
a detachment of his army across the river.

5. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws
his antagonist.

6. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice.

Set less than thou throwest. --Shak.

7. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.

O'er his fair limbs a flowery vest he threw. --Pope.

8. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off.

There the snake throws her enameled skin. --Shak.

9. (Pottery) To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine,
or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.

10. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent.

I have thrown A brave defiance in King Henry's
teeth. --Shak.

11. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said
especially of rabbits.

12. To twist two or more filaments of, as silk, so as to form
one thread; to twist together, as singles, in a direction
contrary to the twist of the singles themselves; --
sometimes applied to the whole class of operations by
which silk is prepared for the weaver. --Tomlinson.

To throw away.
(a) To lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; to
bestow without a compensation; as, to throw away
time; to throw away money.
(b) To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good

To throw back.
(a) To retort; to cast back, as a reply.
(b) To reject; to refuse.
(c) To reflect, as light.

To throw by, to lay aside; to discard; to neglect as
useless; as, to throw by a garment.

To throw down, to subvert; to overthrow; to destroy; as, to
throw down a fence or wall.

To throw in.
(a) To inject, as a fluid.
(b) To put in; to deposit with others; to contribute; as,
to throw in a few dollars to help make up a fund; to
throw in an occasional comment.
(c) To add without enumeration or valuation, as something
extra to clinch a bargain.

To throw off.
(a) To expel; to free one's self from; as, to throw off a
(b) To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, to throw off
all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent.
(c) To make a start in a hunt or race. [Eng.]

To throw on, to cast on; to load.

To throw one's self down, to lie down neglectively or

To throw one's self on or upon.
(a) To fall upon.
(b) To resign one's self to the favor, clemency, or
sustain power of (another); to repose upon.

To throw out.
(a) To cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. ``The
other two, whom they had thrown out, they were
content should enjoy their exile.'' --Swift. ``The
bill was thrown out.'' --Swift.
(b) To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, to
throw out insinuation or observation. ``She throws
out thrilling shrieks.'' --Spenser.
(c) To distance; to leave behind. --Addison.
(d) To cause to project; as, to throw out a pier or an
(e) To give forth; to emit; as, an electric lamp throws
out a brilliant light.
(f) To put out; to confuse; as, a sudden question often
throws out an orator.

To throw over, to abandon the cause of; to desert; to
discard; as, to throw over a friend in difficulties.

To throw up.
(a) To resign; to give up; to demit; as, to throw up a
commission. ``Experienced gamesters throw up their
cards when they know that the game is in the enemy's
hand.'' --Addison.
(b) To reject from the stomach; to vomit.
(c) To construct hastily; as, to throw up a breastwork of

Throw, v. i.
To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast;
specifically, to cast dice.

To throw about, to cast about; to try expedients. [R.]

Throw, n.
1. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling
from the hand or an engine; a cast.

He heaved a stone, and, rising to the throw, He sent
it in a whirlwind at the foe. --Addison.

2. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.]

Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws.

3. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a
stone's throw.

4. A cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast;
as, a good throw.

5. An effort; a violent sally. [Obs.]

Your youth admires The throws and swellings of a
Roman soul. --Addison.

6. (Mach.) The extreme movement given to a sliding or
vibrating reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, eccentric,
or the like; travel; stroke; as, the throw of a slide
valve. Also, frequently, the length of the radius of a
crank, or the eccentricity of an eccentric; as, the throw
of the crank of a steam engine is equal to half the stroke
of the piston.

7. (Pottery) A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d
Jigger, 2
(a) .

8. A turner's lathe; a throwe. [Prov. Eng.]

9. (Mining) The amount of vertical displacement produced by a
fault; -- according to the direction it is designated as
an upthrow, or a downthrow.

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