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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Toss


TOSS, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive tossed or tost.

1. To throw with the hand; particularly, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball.

2. To throw with violence.

3. To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head; or to toss up the head.

He toss'd his arm aloft.

4. To cause to rise and fall; as, to be tossed on the waves.

We, being exceedingly tossed with a tempest-- Acts 27:18.

5. To move one way and the other. Proverbs 21:6.

6. To agitate; to make restless.

Calm region once,

And full of peace, now tost and turbulent.

7. To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar.

TOSS, verb intransitive To fling; to roll and tumble; to writhe; to be in violent commotion.

To toss and fling, and to be restless, only frets and enrages our pain.

1. To be tossed.

To toss up, is to throw a coin into the air and wager on what side it will fall.

TOSS, noun A throwing upward or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as the toss of a ball.

1. A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk. It is much applied to horses, and may be applied to an affected manner of raising the head in men.