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Definition of throw:

  1. A cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, a good throw.
  2. A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d Jigger, 2 ( a).
  3. A stroke; a blow.
  4. A turner's lathe; a throwe.
  5. An effort; a violent sally.
  6. Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe.
  7. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast.
  8. The amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; - according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow.
  9. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a stone's throw.
  10. 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.
  11. Time; while; space of time; moment; trice.
  12. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; - said especially of rabbits.
  13. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice.
  14. To cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw a detachment of his army across the river.
  15. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off.
  16. To drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be thrown upon a rock.
  17. 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.
  18. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of the arm, to throw a ball; - distinguished from to toss, or to bowl.
  19. To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine, or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.
  20. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent.
  21. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist.
  22. To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice.
  23. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
  24. 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.


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