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Definition of Throw


  1. Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe.
  2. Time; while; space of time; moment; trice.
  3. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss, or to bowl.
  4. To fling or cast in any manner; to drive to a distance from the hand or from an engine; to propel; to send; as, to throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a ball; a fire engine throws a stream of water to extinguish flames.
  5. To drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be thrown upon a rock.
  6. To cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw a detachment of his army across the river.
  7. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist.
  8. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice.
  9. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
  10. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off.
  11. To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine, or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.
  12. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent.
  13. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said especially of rabbits.
  14. To twist two or more filaments of, as silk, 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.
  15. To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice.
  16. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast.
  17. A stroke; a blow.
  18. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a stone's throw.
  19. A cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, a good throw.
  20. An effort; a violent sally.
  21. The extreme movement given to a sliding or vibrating reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, eccentric, or the like; travel; stroke; as, the throw of a slide valve. Also, frequently, the length of the radius of a crank, or the eccentricity of an eccentric; as, the throw of the crank of a steam engine is equal to half the stroke of the piston.
  22. A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d Jigger, 2 (a).
  23. A turner's lathe; a throwe.
  24. The amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; -- according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow.

Throw Quotations

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
Maya Angelou

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Audrey Hepburn

To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That's what Norman Mailer did. That's what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that's what I do - that's what I mean to do.
Maya Angelou

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
Anais Nin

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
Oscar Wilde
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Throw Translations

throw in Afrikaans is gooi
throw in Danish is kaste
throw in Dutch is keilen, werpen, uitspelen, gooien
throw in French is jetent, jetez, jetons, mise bas
throw in German is Hebel umlegen, Wurf, Wurf, werfen, werfen, Hub
throw in Italian is tiro, alzata, gettare
throw in Norwegian is kaste
throw in Spanish is tirada, echadar

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