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Throw

Throw appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Three tired tigers try to throw three trees.
  • Theodore Thistle threw three thorny thistles.
    How many thorny thistles did Theodore Thistle throw?

Usage statistics for the verb throw:

conversational speech65.4%task-oriented speech34.6% imaginative writing75%informational writing25%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun throw:

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Throw is sometimes a misspelling of thorough, threw or through.

The word throw is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun throw

What does throw mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: throws

  1. the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
    • example: the catcher made a good throw to second base
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: actuation / propulsion = the act of propelling
    • more specific words:
      • bowling = the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman
      • fling = the act of flinging
      • heaving / heave = throwing something heavy
      • cast / hurl = a violent throw
      • leaner = the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake
      • flip / pass / toss = the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
      • pitch = the action or manner of throwing something
      • delivery / pitch = the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
      • ringer = the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg
      • shy = a quick throw
      • slinging = throwing with a wide motion
      • throw-in = an act or instance of throwing a ball in to put it into play
      • flip = a sudden, quick movement
  2. a single chance or instance
    • example: he couldn't afford $50 a throw
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: chance / opportunity = a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
  3. the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of throw: cam stroke / stroke
    • more generic words: motion / movement = a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
    • more specific words:
      • instroke = the stroke of an engine piston moving away from the crankshaft
      • outstroke = the stroke of an engine piston moving toward the crankshaft
  4. bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
  5. casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
    • example: he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: gambling / gaming / play = the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun throw

noun

  1. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw.
  2. The act of throwing something.
  3. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston.
  4. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing.
  5. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance.
  6. Pain, especially pain associated with childbirth; throe
  7. [context: veterinary] The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cows.
  8. [obsolete] A moment, time, occasion.
  9. [obsolete] A period of time; a while.

Specialised definition of the noun throw

Glossary of sports / badminton

the illegal act of catching the shuttlecock on the racket and then slinging rather than striking it

Glossary of sports / figure skating

a pairs skating move in which the male lifts his partner and throws her away from him. She continues the move with a mid-air spin, landing on one foot

Glossary of sports / martial arts

any method of lifting the opponent from his feet and getting him to the ground

Glossary of sports / martial arts / judo

a move that casts one's opponent to the ground (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / wrestling

any move in which a wrestler lifts the opponent from the mat, then brings him back down

Definition of the verb throw

What does throw mean as a doing word?

Throw is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
threwthrownthrowingthrows

  1. propel through the air
    • example: throw a frisbee
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Steve tossed John the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Steve tossed the ball
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I threw the package away
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination or Locative Preposition] [Destination]Steve tossed the ball to the garden
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Steve tossed the ball from the corner
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] at / to / towards / for [Destination]Steve tossed the ball from the corner to the garden
      [Cause] [Verb] [Theme] into [Oblique]The proposal throws the House's work into chaos
      [Cause] [Verb] into [Oblique] [Theme]The proposal throws into chaos the House's proposal

      Verbs of Throwing (with the same syntax): catapult, kick, launch, tip, toss.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: impel / propel = cause to move forward with force
    • more specific terms:
      • flap down / slam = throw violently
      • ground = throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
      • prostrate = throw down flat, as on the ground
      • hurtle / cast / hurl = throw forcefully
      • heave = throw with great effort
      • bombard / pelt = cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
      • defenestrate = throw through or out of the window
      • deliver / pitch = throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
      • shy = throw quickly
      • drive = cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
      • throw overboard / deep-six = throw from a boat
      • ridge = throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides
      • jettison = throw as from an airplane
      • fling = throw with force or recklessness
      • lob = propel in a high arc
      • chuck / toss = throw carelessly
      • skitter / skim / skip = cause to skip over a surface
      • juggle = throw, catch, and keep in the air several things simultaneously
      • flick / flip = cause to move with a flick
      • pass = throw (a ball) to another player
  2. move violently, energetically, or carelessly
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  3. get rid of
  4. place or put with great energy
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of throw: thrust
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific word: pop = put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
  5. convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
  6. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
  7. put or send forth
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of throw: cast / contrive / project
    • more generic words: direct / send = cause to go somewhere
    • more specific word: shoot = send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
  8. to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
    • example: throw the car into reverse
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  9. cause to be confused emotionally
  10. utter with force; utter vehemently
  11. organize or be responsible for
    • example: have, throw, or make a party
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of throw: give / have / hold / make
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
  12. make on a potter's wheel
    • example: Did he throw his major works over a short period of time?
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: forge / form / mold / mould / shape / work = make something, usually for a specific function
  13. cause to fall off
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: bump / dislodge = remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied
  14. throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
    • example: Throw a six
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: release / turn = let (something) fall or spill from a container
    • more specific word: shoot = throw dice, as in a crap game
  15. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

Alternative definition of the verb throw

verb

  1. [transitive] To cause an object to move rapidly through the air.
  2. [transitive] To eject or cause to fall off.
  3. [transitive] To move to another position; to displace.
  4. [context: ceramics] To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel.
  5. [transitive, cricket] Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery.
  6. [transitive, computing] To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing.
  7. [sports] to intentionally lose a game
  8. [transitive, informal] To confuse or mislead.
  9. [figuratively] To send desperately
  10. [transitive] To imprison.
  11. To organize an event, especially a party.
  12. To roll (a die or dice).
  13. [transitive] To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it.
  14. [transitive, bridge] To discard
  15. [context: martial arts] To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower.
  16. [transitive] To subject someone to verbally.
  17. [transitive, said of animals] To give birth to.
  18. [transitive, said of one's voice] To change in order to give the illusion that the voice is that of someone else.
  19. [transitive] To show sudden emotion, especially anger.
  20. [transitive] To project or send forth

Specialised definition of the verb throw

Glossary of sports

to lose a fight, race or contest deliberately, e.g. by not trying or by committing a foul (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: informal

Groups

  1. Throw is a four-piece hardcore punk band from the Philippines.
  2. Throw is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "All Different Things", "Dreambaby Goodbye"

There are other groups with in their name, like Throw Rag, Throw the Fight, Throw Me the Statue and Throw Stephanie in the Incinerator.

Music

  1. "Throw" is a composition.
  2. "Throw" is a musical EP of Carl Craig.
    • also known as Throw & Remake Uno, Throw: The Remixes
    • released in (21 years ago)
  3. "Throw" is a musical album of Throw.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  4. "Throw" is a musical EP of LCD Soundsystem & Carl Craig.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  5. "Throw" is a musical album of Flood of Red.
    • released on

Business

Throw is a record label.

Miscellanea

  1. Throw: A throw is a martial arts term for a grappling technique that involves off-balancing or lifting an opponent, and throwing them to the ground, in Japanese martial arts referred to as nage-waza, 投げ技, "throwing technique". Throws usually involve a rotating motion, the practitioner performing the throw disconnects with the opponent, and ends balanced and on their feet as opposed to a takedown where both finish on the ground. Throws can however also be followed into a top position, in which case the person executing the throw does not disengage from the opponent. Certain throwing techniques called sacrifice throws involve putting oneself in a potentially disadvantageous position, such as on the ground, in order to execute a throw.
  2. Throw: In film terminology, throw is the distance of a movie projector from the screen. It is the distance the image is thrown onto the screen, and it has a large effect on screen size. Often in home theatre individuals lack the correct throw distance in the room but this can be corrected by use of a short throw lens. There are also "long throw" lenses available.

Phrases with Throw

Phrases starting with the word Throw:

  1. throw in
  2. Throw on
  3. throw up
  4. throw-in
  5. throw off
  6. throw out
  7. throw rug
  8. Throw-Out
  9. throw away
  10. throw back
  11. Throw Dirt
  12. Throw Down
  13. throw over
  14. Throw True
  15. Throw-Away
  16. Throw-Down
  17. throw a fit

Phrases ending with the word Throw:

  1. Body Throw
  2. free throw
  3. Long Throw

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Throw

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Google previewLearn'n More About Track & Field Handbook/Guide For Kids, Parents, and Coaches (2008)

by Bob Swope

Explanation The hammer throw is a modern day Olympic event. At first it was just for male competitors, now it is for male and female athletes. It is the most complex of all the throwing events. USATF only introduces this event starting with 15 ...

Google previewProject Arcade (2011)

Build Your Own Arcade Machine by John St. Clair

A short throw means a short distance before movement is registered and equals a quicker response. A longer throw means a longer distance and a slower response. Quicker response is not always preferred (for instance, when fine control is ...

Google previewThe Engineering of Sport 7 (2008)

by Margaret Estivalet, Pierre Brisson

The javelic throw is a formal track and field event associated with the javelin throw in the Junior Olympic Games in Japan. A long, narrow polyethylene implement called the turbo-jav (length, 0.7 m; weight, 0.3 kg), resembling a javelin is thrown ...

Google previewActual Causality (2016)

by Joseph Y. Halpern

On the other hand, in the world sBH=0,ST=0,u which is needed to show that Suzy's throw is a cause of the bottle shattering according to the modified HP definition, we have BT = 1, BA = 1, and BH = 0: although Billy throws and is accurate, ...

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

throw epa,karaepa, karaepaepa, kookiri, korowhiu, kuru,maapere, maka, makawhiu, make, ...

Google previewA dictionary of the English and Singhalese, and Singhalese and English languages (1821)

by Benjamin Clough

Sëdutiò щётка—080: lo throw away, Tllrnne, l. ßefjîßûî'xcl o4 t 865 ЮбСЭЫЭЭ; to throw nut, Throne, u. а.

Google previewThe Role of Dictionary Use in the Comprehension of Idiom Variants (2006)

by Renata Szczepaniak

Form Definition 9 Throw the book at sb 9 To charge sb with as many offences as possible 10 To throw book at sb 10 To prove that sb is wrong by giving evidence 1 1 To throw the book at 1 1 To accuse someone of every possible crime etc. to ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

throat throne throw thrown thrust thumb thunder tick ticket tickey tickle tiele tie tiger tight tighten...

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Usage statistics about throw

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb throw:

conversational speech65.4%task-oriented speech34.6% imaginative writing75%informational writing25%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun throw:

throwstroke

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb throw:

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Quotes about Throw

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move. (Satchel Paige)
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Scrabble value of T1H4R1O1W4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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