Definition of throe :
1. A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.
2. Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish; agony; especially, one of the pangs of travail in childbirth, or purturition.
3. To put in agony.
4. To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
pain (part of speech: verb)
headache, cramp, pain, distress, injury, smarting, stitch, back-ache, burn, torture, throb, earache, agony, spasm, stab, irritate, ache, painfulness, pang, malaise, gripe, irritation, crick, inflammation, grief, chafing, sore, suffering, wound, chafe, rack, suffer, misery, inflame, afflict, wrench, anguish, sting, agonize, torment, affliction, bruise, hurt, migraine, bite, smart, infliction, discomfort
- Two dusky eyes so true and pure of soul, Mute in the throe of love's mysterious pain- Like thine own steel within the fire's glow, Flashed forth to me- then faded dull again. - "Russian Lyrics", Translated by Martha Gilbert Dickinson Bianchi.
- She gasped with a throe of the old memories. - "The Eternal Maiden", T. Everett Harré.
- Nor are the forces of nature inadequate to production of a fiercer throe than any that we have known. - "A Cynic Looks at Life Little Blue Book #1099", Ambrose Bierce.