Throw n. Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe. [Obs.]
Throw, n. Time; while; space of time; moment; trice. [Obs.]
I will with Thomas speak a little throw. --Chaucer.
Throw, v. t. [imp. Threw p. p. Thrown p. pr. & vb. n. Throwing.]
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 flames.
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.
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 offer.
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 disease. (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 suddenly.
To throw one's self on or To throw one's self 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 abutment. (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 earth.
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.]
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. --Spenser.
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.
2. to waste or squander.
2. spoken with deliberate underemphasis; as, a throwaway line in a play.
2. words spoken in a casual way with conscious underemphasis.
2. an organisms having characteristics of an earlier ancestral type.
n 1: 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"
2: a single chance or instance; "he couldn't afford $50 a
3: the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating
piece by a cam [syn: stroke, cam stroke]
4: the distance that something can be thrown; "it is just a
stone's throw from here"
5: bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an
afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over
6: the throwing of an object in order to determine an outcome
randomly; "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"
v 1: project through the air; "throw a frisbee"
2: move violently, energetically, or carelessly; "She threw
3: get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your
clothes" [syn: shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw
off, throw away, drop]
4: place or put with great energy; "She threw the blanket
around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the
beggar" [syn: thrust]
5: convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical
gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
6: cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch
on the light"; "throw the lever" [syn: flip, switch]
7: 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" [syn: project, cast, contrive]
8: to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or
carelessly; "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car
9: cause to be confused emotionally [syn: bewilder, bemuse,
10: utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw
accusations at someone" [syn: hurl]
11: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have,
throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, have,
12: make on a potter's wheel; "she threw a beautiful teapot"
13: cause to fall off; "The horse threw its unexperienced rider"
14: throw (a die) out onto a flat surface; "Throw a six"
15: 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" [syn: confuse, fox, befuddle,
fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate]
[also: thrown, threw]