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[n] 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"
[n] the throwing of an object in order to determine an outcome randomly; "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"
[n] bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something
[n] the distance that something can be thrown; "it is just a stone's throw from here"
[n] the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam
[n] (informal) a single chance or instance; "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"
[v] 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"
[v] convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
[v] utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"
[v] throw out onto a flat surface, as of die; "Throw a six"
[v] place with great energy; "She threw the blanket around the child"
[v] project through the air; "throw a frisbee"
[v] cause to go on or t be engaged; set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
[v] get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
[v] cause to fall off; "The horse threw its unexperienced rider"
[v] 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"
[v] make on a potter's wheel; of pottery
[v] organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course", etc.
[v] cause to be confused emotionally
[v] move violently, energetically, or carelessly; "She threw herself forwards"
[v] to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly; "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car into reverse"

Misc. Definitions

\Throw\, v. i. {To throw back}, to revert to an ancestral type or character. ``A large proportion of the steerage passengers throw back to their Darwinian ancestry.'' --The Century. Throwing
\Throw\ (thr[=o]), n. [See {Throe}.] Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe. [Obs.] --Spenser. Dryden.
\Throw\, n. [AS. [thorn]r[=a]h, [thorn]r[=a]g.] Time; while; space of time; moment; trice. [Obs.] --Shak. I will with Thomas speak a little throw. --Chaucer.
\Throw\, v. t. [imp. {Threw} (thr[udd]); p. p. {Thrown} (thr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Throwing}.] [OE. [thorn]rowen, [thorn]rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG. dr[=a]jan, L. terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. ? to bore, to turn, ? to pierce, ? a hole. Cf. {Thread}, {Trite}, {Turn}, v. t.]
1. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss, or to bowl.
2. To fling or cast in any manner; to drive to a distance from the hand or from an engine; to propel; to send; as, to throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a ball; a fire engine throws a stream of water to extinguish flames.
3. To drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be thrown upon a rock.
4. (Mil.) To cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw a detachment of his army across the river.
5. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist.
6. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice. Set less than thou throwest. --Shak.
7. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly. O'er his fair limbs a flowery vest he threw. --Pope.
8. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off. There the snake throws her enameled skin. --Shak.
9. (Pottery) To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine, or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.
10. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent. I have thrown A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth. --Shak. 1
1. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said especially of rabbits. 1
2. To twist two or more filaments of, as silk, so as to form one thread; to twist together, as singles, in a direction contrary to the twist of the singles themselves; -- sometimes applied to the whole class of operations by which silk is prepared for the weaver. --Tomlinson. {To throw away}. (a) To lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; to bestow without a compensation; as, to throw away time; to throw away money. (b) To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good offer. {To throw back}. (a) To retort; to cast back, as a reply. (b) To reject; to refuse. (c) To reflect, as light. {To throw by}, to lay aside; to discard; to neglect as useless; as, to throw by a garment. {To throw down}, to subvert; to overthrow; to destroy; as, to throw down a fence or wall. {To throw in}. (a) To inject, as a fluid. (b) To put in; to deposit with others; to contribute; as, to throw in a few dollars to help make up a fund; to throw in an occasional comment. (c) To add without enumeration or valuation, as something extra to clinch a bargain. {To throw off}. (a) To expel; to free one's self from; as, to throw off a disease. (b) To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent. (c) To make a start in a hunt or race. [Eng.] {To throw on}, to cast on; to load. {To throw one's self down}, to lie down neglectively or suddenly. {To throw one's self on} or {upon}. (a) To fall upon. (b) To resign one's self to the favor, clemency, or sustain power of (another); to repose upon. {To throw out}. (a) To cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. ``The other two, whom they had thrown out, they were content should enjoy their exile.'' --Swift. ``The bill was thrown out.'' --Swift. (b) To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, to throw out insinuation or observation. ``She throws out thrilling shrieks.'' --Spenser. (c) To distance; to leave behind. --Addison. (d) To cause to project; as, to throw out a pier or an abutment. (e) To give forth; to emit; as, an electric lamp throws out a brilliant light. (f) To put out; to confuse; as, a sudden question often throws out an orator. {To throw over}, to abandon the cause of; to desert; to discard; as, to throw over a friend in difficulties. {To throw up}. (a) To resign; to give up; to demit; as, to throw up a commission. ``Experienced gamesters throw up their cards when they know that the game is in the enemy's hand.'' --Addison. (b) To reject from the stomach; to vomit. (c) To construct hastily; as, to throw up a breastwork of earth.
\Throw\, v. i. To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice. {To throw about}, to cast about; to try expedients. [R.]
\Throw\, n.
1. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast. He heaved a stone, and, rising to the throw, He sent it in a whirlwind at the foe. --Addison.
2. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.] Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws. --Spenser.
3. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a stone's throw.
4. A cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, a good throw.
5. An effort; a violent sally. [Obs.] Your youth admires The throws and swellings of a Roman soul. --Addison.
6. (Mach.) The extreme movement given to a sliding or vibrating reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, eccentric, or the like; travel; stroke; as, the throw of a slide valve. Also, frequently, the length of the radius of a crank, or the eccentricity of an eccentric; as, the throw of the crank of a steam engine is equal to half the stroke of the piston.
7. (Pottery) A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d {Jigger}, 2 (a) .
8. A turner's lathe; a throwe. [Prov. Eng.]
9. (Mining) The amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; -- according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow.

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