from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The anterior portion of the neck.
  • noun Anatomy The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.
  • noun A narrow passage or part suggestive of the human throat.
  • noun Botany The opening of a tubular corolla or calyx where the tube joins the limb.
  • transitive verb To pronounce with a harsh or guttural voice.
  • idiom (ram/shove) To compel to accept or consider.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The front of the neck below the chin and above the collar-bone; technically, the jugular region, jugulum, or guttur.
  • noun The passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs.
  • noun The air-passage in the throat; the windpipe; technically, the larynx and trachea: as, to form musical notes in the throat.
  • noun Something resembling or analogous to the human throat.
  • noun Nautical: The central part of the hollow of a breast-hook or knee.
  • noun The inner end of a gaff, where it widens and hollows in to fit the mast. See cut under gaff.
  • noun The inner part of the arms of an anchor, where they join the shank.
  • noun The upper front corner of a four-sided fore-and-aft sail.
  • noun In ship-building, the middle part of a floor-timber.
  • noun In building, the part of a chimney, usually contracted, between the fireplace proper and the gathering.
  • noun The narrowed entrance to the neck of a puddling-furnace, where the area of flue-passage is regulated. See cut under puddling-furnace.
  • noun In plate glass manufacturing, the front door of the annealing-arch.
  • noun The entranceway in a threshing-machine, where the grain in the straw-passes from the feed-board to the cylinder.
  • noun The opening in a plane-stock through which the shavings pass upward.
  • noun That part of the spoke of a wheel which lies just beyond the swell at the junction of the hub.
  • noun In fortification, same as gorge; also, the smaller or inside opening of an embrasure (which see).
  • noun In angling, a straitened body of water flowing with a smooth current through a narrow place, as between rocks in a river.
  • noun Any passage from large to small cross-section, as in a pipe which leads off from a main, where in the neck of the joint the area is enlarged to give easy flow and smooth curves.
  • noun The top or head opening of a shaft or blast-furnace through which the charges of ore fuel and flux are dumped by gravity.
  • noun The curve where the flange of railway car-wheels joins the straight cylindrical or conical part of the tread. This throat part bears against the upper corner of the head of the rail
  • noun In geology, the upper portion of a volcanic conduit, which is adjacent to the crater.
  • noun The front part of the mold-board of a plow.
  • To utter in a guttural tone; mutter.
  • To channel or groove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To utter in the throat; to mutter.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To mow, as beans, in a direction against their bending.
  • noun The part of the neck in front of, or ventral to, the vertebral column.
  • noun Hence, the passage through it to the stomach and lungs; the pharynx; -- sometimes restricted to the fauces.
  • noun A contracted portion of a vessel, or of a passage way.
  • noun (Arch.) The part of a chimney between the gathering, or portion of the funnel which contracts in ascending, and the flue.
  • noun The upper fore corner of a boom-and-gaff sail, or of a staysail.
  • noun That end of a gaff which is next the mast.
  • noun The angle where the arm of an anchor is joined to the shank.
  • noun (Shipbuilding) The inside of a timber knee.
  • noun (Bot.) The orifice of a tubular organ; the outer end of the tube of a monopetalous corolla; the faux, or fauces.
  • noun (Naut.) brails attached to the gaff close to the mast.
  • noun (Naut.) halyards that raise the throat of the gaff.
  • noun (Anat.) the windpipe, or trachea.
  • noun to accuse one pointedly of lying abominably.
  • noun to lie flatly or abominably.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The front part of the neck.
  • noun The gullet or windpipe.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English throte, from Old English.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English throte, from Old English þrote, þrota, þrotu ("throat"), from Proto-Germanic *þrutō (“throat”), from Proto-Indo-European *trud- (“to swell, become stiff”). Cognate with Dutch strot ("throat"), German Droß ("throat"), Icelandic þroti ("swelling").


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