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  1. throw
  2. verb

    • 1. propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand:

      I threw a brick through the window
    • 2. push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly into a particular physical position or state:

      the pilot and one passenger were thrown clear and survived the door was thrown open and a uniformed guard entered the room
      Synonym : move quickly/suddenly, push suddenly/violently, thrust, fling, propel, shoot, slam, smack, bang, crash, thump, push, force, plonk
    • 3. put in place or erect quickly:

      the stewards had thrown a cordon across the fairway
    • 4. move (a part of the body) quickly or suddenly in a particular direction:

      she threw her head back and laughed
    • 5. project or cast (light or shadow) in a particular direction:

      a chandelier threw its bright light over the walls
      Synonym : project, cast, send, give off, emit, radiate
    • 6. deliver (a punch):

      Cheryl drew back her fist and threw another punch
      Synonym : deliver, give, land
    • 7. direct a particular kind of look or facial expression:

      she threw a withering glance at him
      Synonym : direct, cast, send, dart, shoot, bestow on, give
    • 8. project (one's voice) so that it appears to come from someone or something else, as in ventriloquism:

      I can throw my voice—I could make a fortune as a medium
    • 9. put on or take off (a garment) hastily:

      I threw on my housecoat and went to the door
    • 10. move (a switch or lever) so as to operate a device:

      at the trolley portal the operator had to manually throw the switch using a switch iron
      Synonym : operate, switch on, click on, engage, move
    • 11. roll (dice):

      he reached out and put the dice in the shaker and threw them
    • 12. obtain (a specified number) by rolling dice.

    • 13. lose (a race or contest) intentionally, especially in return for a bribe:

      the man who throws a race is a crook for life
    • 14. (of a horse) lose (a shoe).

    • 15. cause to enter suddenly a particular state or condition:

      he threw all her emotions into turmoil the bond market was thrown into confusion
    • 16. put (someone) in a particular place or state in a rough, abrupt, or summary fashion:

      these guys should be thrown in jail
    • 17. disconcert; confuse:

      she frowned, thrown by this apparent change of tack
      Synonym : disconcert, unnerve, fluster, ruffle, flurry, agitate, harass, upset, disturb, discomfit, put off, put someone off their stroke, throw off balance, make nervous, discompose, discountenance, cause someone to lose their composure, perturb, unsettle, bother, affect, worry, disquiet, trouble, confuse, rattle, faze, put into a flap, throw into a tizz, discombobulate, shake up
    • 18. send (one's opponent) to the ground in wrestling, judo, or similar activity:

      in the final Arnaud was too strong, and threw Hughes twice
      Synonym : fell, throw to the ground, hurl to the ground, unbalance, bring down, floor, prostrate
    • 19. (of a horse) unseat (its rider):

      their horse threw its jockey before the race had started
      Synonym : unseat, dislodge, upset, bring down
    • 20. form (ceramic ware) on a potter's wheel:

      further on a potter was throwing pots
      Synonym : shape, form, mold, fashion
    • 21. turn (wood or other material) on a lathe.

    • 22. twist (silk or other fabrics) into thread or yarn.

    • 23. have (a fit or tantrum):

      occasionally a small child will throw a tantrum when denied something
    • 24. give or hold (a party):

      he threw a huge farewell party for them
      Synonym : give, host, hold, have, provide, put on, lay on, arrange, organize
    • 25. (of an animal) give birth to (young, especially of a specified kind):

      sometimes a completely black calf is thrown


    • 1. an act of throwing something:

      Jeter's throw to first base was too late
    • 2. an act of throwing one's opponent in wrestling, judo, or a similar sport:

      a shoulder throw
    • 3. short for roll of the dice (see dice)

    • 4. a light cover for furniture.

    • 5. short for throw rug

    • 6. used to indicate how much a single item, turn, or attempt costs:

      he was offering to draw on-the-spot portraits at $25 a throw
      Synonym : each, apiece, per item, for one
    • 7. the extent of vertical displacement between the two sides of a fault.

    • 8. the action or motion, or the extent of such motion, of a slide valve, crank, eccentric wheel, or cam.

    • 9. the distance moved by the pointer of an instrument.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: throw, plural noun: throws

    • v.: verb: throw, 3rd person present: throws, gerund or present participle: throwing, past tense: threw, past participle: thrown

    • verb

      propel (something) with force through the air by a movement of the arm and hand:

      push or force (someone or something) violently and suddenly into a particular physical position or state:

    • noun

      an act of throwing something:

      an act of throwing one's opponent in wrestling, judo, or a similar sport:

    • past of throw
    • past of throw
    • noun

      an unimpeded attempt at a basket (worth one point) awarded to a player following a foul or other infringement.
    • vomit
    • noun

      a small decorative rug designed to be placed with a casual effect and moved as required.
    • dance to popular music
    • noun

      a small decorative pillow placed on a chair or couch.
    • publicly criticize or express contempt for someone
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