A woman with her hand to her throat.
- An example of the throat is the area just under the chin.
- An example of the throat is the space where food goes just after you swallow it.
- An example of the throat is the narrow part of a trumpet.
- the front part of the neck
- the upper part of the passage leading from the mouth and nose to the stomach and lungs, including the pharynx and the upper larynx, trachea, and esophagus
- any narrow passage, part, or entrance; specif., the part of a chimney between the fireplace and the flue
Origin of throatMiddle English throte from OE, akin to German dross(el), throat from Indo-European an unverified form (s)treu-, swollen, stretched from base an unverified form (s)ter-, stiff from source stare
at each other's throats
cut each other's throats
cut one's own throat
jump down someone's throat
ram something down someone's throat
stick in someone's throat
- The anterior portion of the neck.
- Anatomy The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.
- A narrow passage or part suggestive of the human throat: the throat of a horn.
- Botany The opening of a tubular corolla or calyx where the tube joins the limb.
transitive verbthroat·ed, throat·ing, throats
Origin of throatMiddle English throte from Old English
- The front part of the neck.
- The wild pitch bounced and hit the catcher in the throat.
- The gullet or windpipe.
- As I swallowed I felt something strange in my throat.
- A narrow opening in a vessel.
- The water leaked out from the throat of the bottle.
- Station throat.
- The part of a chimney between the gathering, or portion of the funnel which contracts in ascending, and the flue.
- (nautical) The upper fore corner of a boom-and-gaff sail, or of a staysail.
- (nautical) That end of a gaff which is next the mast.
- (nautical) The angle where the arm of an anchor is joined to the shank.
- (shipbuilding) The inside of a timber knee.
- (botany) The orifice of a tubular organ; the outer end of the tube of a monopetalous corolla; the faux, or fauces.
(third-person singular simple present throats, present participle throating, simple past and past participle throated)