What is the meaning of throw?


  • The act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist. )
    • usage: "the catcher made a good throw to second base"
  • A single chance or instance.
    • usage: "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"
  • The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam.
  • Bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something.
  • Casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly.
    • usage: "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"


  • Propel through the air.
    • usage: "throw a frisbee"
  • Move violently, energetically, or carelessly.
    • usage: "She threw herself forwards"
  • Get rid of.
    • usage: "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
  • Place or put with great energy.
    • usage: "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"
  • Convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture.
    • usage: "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
  • Cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation.
    • usage: "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
  • Put or send forth.
    • usage: "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
  • To put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly.
    • usage: "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car into reverse"
  • Cause to be confused emotionally.
  • Utter with force; utter vehemently.
    • usage: "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"
  • Organize or be responsible for.
    • usage: "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
  • Make on a potter's wheel.
    • usage: "she threw a beautiful teapot"
  • Cause to fall off.
    • usage: "The horse threw its inexperienced rider"
  • Throw (a die) out onto a flat surface.
    • usage: "Throw a six"
  • Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly.
    • usage: "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
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APAWordNet. (2010). throw. Retrieved August 20, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/throw/definitions/1189004
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HarvardWordNet 2010, throw, Smart Define, viewed 20 August, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/throw/definitions/1189004>.
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