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THROW, verb transitive preterit tense threw; participle passive thrown. [Gr. to run; Latin trochilus.]

1. Properly, to hurl; to whirl; to fling or cast in a winding direction.

2. To fling or cast in any manner; to propel; to send; to drive to a distance from the hand or from an engine. Thus we throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a ball; a bomb throws a shell. The Roman balista threw various weapons. A fire engine throws water to extinguish flames.

3. To wind; as, to throw silk.

4. To turn; as, to throw balls in a lathe.

[Not in general use.]

5. To venture at dice.

Set less than thou throwest.

6. To cast; to divest or strip one's self of; to put off; as, a serpent throws his skin.

7. To cast; to send.

I have thrown

A brave defiance in king Henry's teeth.

8. To put on; to spread carelessly.

O'er his fair limbs a flow'ry vest he threw.

9. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist.

10. To cast; to drive by violence; as a vessel or sailors thrown upon a rock.

To throw away, to lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; as, to throw away time; to throw away money.

1. To bestow without a compensation.

2. To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good offer.

To throw by, to lay aside or 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.

1. To bring down from a high station; to depress.

To throw in, to inject.

1. To put in; to deposit with others; also, to give up or relinquish.

To throw off, to expel; to clear from; as, to throw off a disease.

1. To reject; to discard; as, to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent.

To throw on, to cast on; to load.

To throw out, to cast out; to reject or discard; to expel.

1. To utter carelessly; to speak; as, to throw out insinuations or observations.

2. To exert; to bring forth into act.

She throws out thrilling shrieks.

3. To distance; to leave behind.

4. To exclude; to reject. The bill was thrown out on the second reading.

To throw up, to resign; as, to throw up a commission.

1. To resign angrily.

Bad games are thrown up too soon.

2. To discharge from the stomach.

To throw one's self down, to lie down.

To throw one's self on, to resign one's self to the favor, clemency or sustaining power of another; to repose.

THROW, verb intransitive To perform the act of throwing.

1. To cast dice.

To throw about, to cast about; to try expedients. [Not much used.]

THROW, noun The act of hurling or flinging; a cast; a driving or propelling from the hand or from an engine.

He heav'd a stone, and rising to the throw

He sent it in a whirlwind at the foe.

1. A cast of dice; and the manner in which dice fall when cast; as a good throw None but a fool hazards all upon one throw

2. The distance which a missile is or may be thrown; as a stone's throw

3. A stroke; a blow.

Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws.

4. Effort; violent sally.

Your youth admires

The throws and swellings of a Roman soul.

5. The agony of travail. [See Throe.]

6. A turner's lathe. [Local.]