- The definition of a throw is an act of something being propelled or hurled through the air.
An example of throw is the tossing of a ball to a teammate.
- Throw is defined as to toss something into the air.
An example of throw is to toss a ball into the air for one's friend to catch.
A little girl throws a ball.
throw definition by Webster's New World
- to twist strands of (silk, etc.) into thread or yarn
- to cause to fly through the air by releasing from the hand while the arm is in rapid motion; cast; hurl
- to discharge through the air from a catapult, pump, gun, etc.
- to hurl violently, as in anger, etc.; dash
- to cause to fall; upset; overthrow; dislodge: thrown by a horse
- to move or send rapidly; advance: to throw reinforcements into a battle
- to put suddenly and forcibly into or onto: she threw the clothes into the suitcase
- to put suddenly and forcibly into a specified condition or situation: thrown into prison, into confusion, etc.
- to cast or roll (dice)
- to make (a specified cast) at dice: to throw a five
- to cast off; shed: snakes throw their skins, the horse threw its shoe
- to bring forth (young): said esp. of domesticated animals
- to move the lever of (a switch, clutch, etc.) or connect, disconnect, engage, etc. by so doing
- to direct, cast, turn, project, etc.: variously with at, on, upon, over, toward, etc.: to throw a glance, a light, a shadow, etc.
- to deliver (a punch)
- to cause (one's voice) to seem to come from some other source, as in ventriloquism
- to put (blame on, influence into, obstacles before, etc.)
- ☆ Informal to lose (a game, race, etc.) deliberately, as by prearrangement
- ☆ Informal to give (a party, dance, etc.)
- ☆ Informal to have (a fit, tantrum, etc.)
- Informal to confuse or disconcert: the question completely threw him
- Card Games to play or discard (a card)
- Ceramics to shape on a potter's wheel
Origin: Middle English throwen, to twist, wring, hurl ; from Old English thrawan, to throw, twist, akin to German drehen, to twist, turn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, to rub, rub with turning motion, bore from source thrash, thread, Classical Greek teirein, Classical Latin terere, to rub
- the action of a person who throws; a cast
- a cast of dice, or the numbers cast
- the distance something is or can be thrown: a stone's throw
- a spread or coverlet for draping over a bed, sofa, etc.
- a woman's light scarf or wrap
- the motion of a moving part driven by a cam, eccentric, etc.
- the range of such a motion; travel; stroke
- Geol. the amount of vertical displacement at a fault
- Wrestling a particular way or an instance of throwing an opponent
- thrower noun
throw definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb threw threw , thrown thrown , throw·ing, throws verb, transitive
- To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
- To discharge into the air by any means: a machine that throws tennis balls; ash that was thrown by an erupting volcano.
- To hurl or fling with great force or speed: threw themselves on the food; jetsam that had been thrown up onto the shore.
- a. To force (an opponent) to the ground or floor, as in wrestling or the martial arts.b. To cause to fall off: The horse threw its rider.
- Informal To cause confusion or perplexity in; disconcert or nonplus: We didn't let our worries throw us.
- To put on or off hastily or carelessly: throw on a jacket.
- a. To put (suddenly or forcefully) into a given condition, position, or activity: threw him into a fit of laughter; threw some supper together; threw her leg over the arm of the chair.b. To devote, apply, or direct: threw all their resources into the new endeavor; threw the blame onto the others.
- To form on a potter's wheel: throw a vase.
- To twist (fibers) into thread.
- Games a. To roll (dice).b. To roll (a particular combination) with dice.c. To discard or play (a card).
- To send forth; project: She threw me a look of encouragement.
- To cause (one's voice) to seem to come from a source other than oneself.
- To cause to fall on or over something; cast: The rising sun threw shadows across the lawn. We threw sheets over the furniture before we painted the ceiling.
- To bear (young). Used of cows or horses, for example.
- To arrange or give (a party, for example).
- To move (a lever or switch) in order to activate, deactivate, or control a device.
- Informal To lose or give up (a contest, for example) purposely.
- To abandon oneself to; have: heard the news and threw a fit.
- To commit (oneself), especially for leniency or support: threw himself on the mercy of the court.
- To deliver (a punch), as in boxing: threw a left hook.
- The act or an instance of throwing.
- The distance to which something is or can be thrown: a stone's throw away.
- Games a. A roll or cast of dice.b. The combination of numbers so obtained.
- Informal A single chance, venture, or instance: “could afford up to forty-five bucks a throw to wax sentimental over their heritage” (John Simon).
- Sports The act of throwing or a technique used to throw an opponent in wrestling or the martial arts.
- a. A light coverlet, such as an afghan.b. A scarf or shawl.
- a. The radius of a circle described by a crank, cam, or similar machine part.b. The maximum displacement of a machine part moved by another part, such as a crank or cam.
- Geology The amount of vertical displacement of a fault.
Origin: Middle English throwen, to turn, twist, hurl, from Old English thrāwan; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- throwˈer noun
throw - Phrases/Idioms
throw a monkey wrench intoâ
- to rid oneself of; discard
- to be wasteful of; waste; squander
- to fail to make use of throwing away his talents
- Theater to deliver (a line, speech, etc.) in a deliberately offhand manner
- to check or stop from advancing
- to revert to an earlier or more primitive type or condition
throw cold water on
- to engage (a clutch) or cause (gears) to mesh
- to add on without extra charge
- to add to others
- Informal to join (with) in cooperative action
- to rid oneself of; cast off
- to recover from
- Card Games to discard
- to evade (a pursuer)
- to mislead
- to disconcert or confuse
- to expel, emit, etc.
- Informal to write or utter quickly, in an offhand manner
throw oneself at
throw oneself into
throw oneself onor throw oneself upon
- to open completely and suddenly
- to remove all restrictions from
- to get rid of; discard
- to reject or remove, often with force
- to emit
- to put forth or utter (a hint or suggestion)
- to disengage (a clutch)
- â Baseball to throw the ball to a teammate who in turn retires (a runner)
- to give up; abandon
- to forsake; jilt
- to make or assemble hurriedly and carelessly
- to cause to become acquainted
- to give up or abandon
- to raise suddenly or rapidly
- to vomit
- to construct rapidly
- â to mention repeatedly (to someone), as in reproach or criticism
throw (one's) weight around
throw the baby out with the bath water
throw up (one's) hands
throw oneself at
throw cold water on