Variant of throw
- 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: ME throwen, to twist, wring, hurl < OE thrawan, to throw, twist, akin to Ger drehen, to twist, turn < IE base *ter-, to rub, rub with turning motion, bore > thrash, thread, Gr teirein, L 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
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