from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reversion to a former type or ancestral characteristic.
- n. See atavism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a reversion to an earlier stage of development
- n. an organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form
- n. atavism
- n. a person similar to an ancestor, or something new similar to what already existed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the reappearance in an organism of characteristics of an earlier ancestral type; atavism.
- n. an organisms having characteristics of an earlier ancestral type.
- intransitive v. to revert to an ancestral type or character.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anything which acts as a setback; specifically, a person who or thing which causes another to seem inferior by contrast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. throw back with a quick, light motion
- adj. characteristic of an atavist
- n. a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
- n. an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism
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Searching for the mot juste to epitomise Praveen Kumar during his five-wicket haul for India against England at Lord's, most analysts pounced on the term 'throwback' and applied it with abandon.
This season, the denim skirt Ms. Adams-Geller likes best is a button-down A-line piece that ends just above the knee, which she calls a "throwback to the '70s."
Or are these really long, poetic titles a throwback from the sixties (era of "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" and "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb").
There is even something backhanded in the way that he is referred to as a "throwback" or "old-fashioned", which in its way denigrates the level of skill shown so far in this series.
Praveen Kumar was referred to as a 'throwback' but although his style is evocative of bowlers past, it is not primitive.
(I say this is "nostalgia" because it's obviously trying to brush some dust off of the 1990's, the first film to do so in throwback style).
McLaren says: This guy is a throwback from the '50s.
If you made the title a throwback to their adventures pre-downfall, there could be some interesting story telling there — especially since we know its tragic end.
Dr Nickels, throwback from the middle ages, insists on MORE bloodletting to cure the (already white) viaduct patient on a modern hospital table.
White's approach to the record business has been called a throwback and a harbinger of things to come.