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Dictionary Definition



1 the act of throwing (propelling something through the air with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist); "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
2 a single chance or instance; "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"
3 the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam [syn: stroke, cam stroke]
4 the distance that something can be thrown; "it is just a stone's throw from here"
5 bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
6 the throwing of an object in order to determine an outcome randomly; "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"


1 project through the air; "throw a frisbee"
2 move violently, energetically, or carelessly; "She threw herself forwards"
3 get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes" [syn: shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw off, throw away, drop]
4 place or put with great energy; "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar" [syn: thrust]
5 convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look" [syn: give]
6 cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever" [syn: flip, switch]
7 put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light" [syn: project, cast, contrive]
8 to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly; "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car into reverse"
9 cause to be confused emotionally [syn: bewilder, bemuse, discombobulate]
10 utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone" [syn: hurl]
11 organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, have, make, give]
12 make on a potter's wheel; "she threw a beautiful teapot"
13 cause to fall off; "The horse threw its unexperienced rider"
14 throw (a die) out onto a flat surface; "Throw a six"
15 be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher" [syn: confuse, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate] [also: thrown, threw]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac UK: /θɹəʊ/
  • italbrac US: /θɻoʊ/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊ
  • Homophones: throe

Etymology 1

þrāwan, to twist, to turn, from *þrǣ-, from *ter- to rub, to rub by twisting, to twist, to turn. Cognate with Dutch draaien, German drehen.


  1. To cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
  2. To eject or cause to fall off.
    throw a shoe
    throw a rod
    the horse threw its rider
  3. To move to another position; to displace.
    throw the switch
  4. In the context of "veterinary": The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cows.
  5. In the context of "ceramics": To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  6. In the context of "transitive|cricket": Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
  7. In the context of "transitive|computing": To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
    If the file is readonly, the method throws an invalid operation exception.
  1. to intentionally lose a game
    ''The tennis player was accused of taking bribes to throw the match.
To cause an object to move rapidly through the air
To eject or cause to fall off
move to another position
make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel
in cricket, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery
computing: send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism
sports: to intentionally lose a game
  • Japanese: 手を抜く


  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
  3. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  4. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.
    Football tickets are expensive at fifty bucks a throw.
flight of a thrown object
  • Dutch: worp , gooi
  • Esperanto: ĵeto
  • Finnish: heitto
  • French: jet, lancement
  • Hebrew:
  • Japanese: 投げ
  • Russian: бросок (brosók)
  • Slovene: met
  • Spanish: lanzamiento
  • Swedish: kast
a distance travelled
piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing
single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance
  • Finnish: kappale

Derived terms


Etymology 2

þrāg, of unknown origin.


  1. A moment, time, occasion.
  2. A period of time; a while.

Extensive Definition

Throwing may refer to:
  • Throw (grappling), a martial arts and grappling technique that involves off-balancing or lifting an opponent
  • Throwing (cricket), bowling a delivery in cricket with an elbow flexion degree higher than that set by the ICC
  • Knife throwing, the art of throwing a knife at a target
  • Mardi gras throws, or throws, are small gifts or trinkets passed ou or thrown from New Orleans Mardi Gras parades to spectators lining the streets.
  • "Throwing a game", where a player intentionally makes small errors in a game, in order to hurt his own team's performance
Throwing may also be:
As a noun, a throw can be:
In athletics, the throwing events are:
throw in Arabic: رمي
throw in Polish: Rzut (sztuki walki)
throw in Finnish: Heittolaji

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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