Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
  • intransitive verb To propel or discharge into the air by any means.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move with great force or speed; propel or displace.
  • intransitive verb To force (an opponent) to the ground or floor, as in wrestling or the martial arts.
  • intransitive verb To cause to fall off.
  • intransitive verb Informal To cause confusion or perplexity in; disconcert or nonplus.
  • intransitive verb To put on or off hastily or carelessly.
  • intransitive verb To put suddenly or forcefully into a given condition, position, or activity.
  • intransitive verb To devote, apply, or direct.
  • intransitive verb To form on a potter's wheel.
  • intransitive verb To twist (fibers) into thread.
  • intransitive verb To roll (dice).
  • intransitive verb To roll (a particular combination) with dice.
  • intransitive verb To discard or play (a card).
  • intransitive verb To send forth; project.
  • intransitive verb To cause (one's voice) to seem to come from a source other than oneself.
  • intransitive verb To cause to fall on or over something; cast.
  • intransitive verb To bear (young). Used of cows or horses, for example.
  • intransitive verb To arrange or give (a party, for example).
  • intransitive verb To move (a lever or switch) in order to activate, deactivate, or control a device.
  • intransitive verb Informal To lose or give up (a contest, for example) purposely.
  • intransitive verb To abandon oneself to; have.
  • intransitive verb To commit (oneself), especially for leniency or support.
  • intransitive verb To deliver (a punch), as in boxing.
  • intransitive verb To cast, fling, or hurl something.
  • noun The act or an instance of throwing.
  • noun The distance to which something is or can be thrown.
  • noun A roll or cast of dice.
  • noun The combination of numbers so obtained.
  • noun Informal A single chance, venture, or instance.
  • noun Sports The act of throwing or a technique used to throw an opponent in wrestling or the martial arts.
  • noun A light coverlet, such as an afghan.
  • noun A scarf or shawl.
  • noun The radius of a circle described by a crank, cam, or similar machine part.
  • noun The maximum displacement of a machine part moved by another part, such as a crank or cam.
  • noun Geology The amount of vertical displacement of a fault.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English throwen, to turn, twist, hurl, from Old English thrāwan; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe from Old English þrāwu ("labor pang, agony in childbirth or death"), akin to Old English þrēa ("affliction, pang"), þrōwan ("to suffer"). More at throe

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From Middle English throwen, thrawen, from Old English þrāwan ("to turn, twist, curl, rack, torture, turn around"), from Proto-Germanic *þrēanan (“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").

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From Middle English, from Old English þrāh, þrāg ("space of time, period, while"). Of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Gothic 𐌸𐍂𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (þragjan, "to run").

Examples

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  • "18. To bear (young). Used of cows or horses, for example."

    --American Heritage Dictionary

    January 12, 2011

  • What with cleaning up all the manure and straw afterwards I don't feel I could bear a party this weekend.

    January 12, 2011

  • Now I'm going to giggle inappropriately if anyone mentions being thrown from a horse.

    January 12, 2011

  • Or being thrown out of a party.

    January 12, 2011

  • How about horseshoe throwing competitions?

    January 12, 2011

  • Oh, ouch!

    *giggle*

    January 12, 2011

  • How about a throw back to the old(en) days?

    January 12, 2011