- 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.
transitive verbthrew, thrown, throwing
- 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 of throwMiddle 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
throw a monkey wrench into☆
- 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)
- ☆ 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
- ☆ to mention repeatedly (to someone), as in reproach or criticism
verbthrew threw , thrown thrown , throw·ing, throws
- To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
- To propel or discharge into the air by any means: a machine that throws tennis balls; ash that was thrown by an erupting volcano.
- To cause to move with great force or speed; propel or displace: 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 of throwMiddle English throwen, to turn, twist, hurl, from Old English thrāwan; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present throws, present participle throwing, simple past threw, past participle thrown)
- To hurl; to cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
- throw a shoe; throw a javelin; the horse threw its rider
- To eject or cause to fall off.
- To move to another position or condition; to displace.
- throw the switch
- (ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
- (cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
- (computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
- If the file is read-only, the method throws an invalid operation exception.
- (sports) To intentionally lose a game.
- The tennis player was accused of taking bribes to throw the match.
- (informal) To confuse or mislead.
- The deliberate red herring threw me at first.
- (figuratively) To send desperately.
- Their sergeant threw the troops into pitched battle.
- To imprison.
- The magistrate ordered the suspect to be thrown into jail.
- To organize an event, especially a party.
- To roll (a die or dice).
- To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it.
- (bridge) To discard.
- (martial arts) To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower.
- To subject someone to verbally.
- (said of animals) To give birth to.
- (said of one's voice) To change in order to give the illusion that the voice is that of someone else.
- To show sudden emotion, especially anger.
- To project or send forth.
- To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
- To twist two or more filaments of (silk, etc.) 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.
- The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
- The act of throwing something.
- A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
- A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
- A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.
- Football tickets are expensive at fifty bucks a throw.
From Middle English throwen, thrawen, from Old English þrāwan (“to turn, twist, curl, rack, torture, turn around”), from Proto-Germanic *þrēaną (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ter- (“to rub, rub by twisting, twist, turn”). Cognate with Scots thraw (“to twist, turn, throw”), Dutch draaien (“to turn”), Low German draien, dreien (“to turn (in a lathe)”), German drehen (“to turn”), Danish dreje (“to turn”), Swedish dreja (“to turn”), Albanian dredh (“to turn, twist, tremble”).
- Pain, especially pain associated with childbirth; throe.
- (veterinary) The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cows.