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threw    : [θr'u]
Throw \Throw\, v. t. [imp. {Threw} (thr[udd]); p. p. {Thrown}
(thr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Throwing}.] [OE. [thorn]rowen,
[thorn]rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to
twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG.
dr[=a]jan, L. terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. ? to bore, to
turn, ? to pierce, ? a hole. Cf. {Thread}, {Trite}, {Turn},
v. t.]
1. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of
the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss,
or to bowl.
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2. 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
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3. To drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be
thrown upon a rock.
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4. (Mil.) To cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw
a detachment of his army across the river.
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5. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws
his antagonist.
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6. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice.
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Set less than thou throwest. --Shak.
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7. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
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O'er his fair limbs a flowery vest he threw. --Pope.
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8. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off.
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There the snake throws her enameled skin. --Shak.
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9. (Pottery) To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine,
or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.
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10. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent.
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I have thrown
A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth. --Shak.
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11. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said
especially of rabbits.
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12. 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. --Tomlinson.
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{To throw away}.
(a) To lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; to
bestow without a compensation; as, to throw away
time; to throw away money.
(b) To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good

{To throw back}.
(a) To retort; to cast back, as a reply.
(b) To reject; to refuse.
(c) To reflect, as light.

{To throw by}, to lay aside; to discard; to 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.

{To throw in}.
(a) To inject, as a fluid.
(b) To put in; to deposit with others; to contribute; as,
to throw in a few dollars to help make up a fund; to
throw in an occasional comment.
(c) To add without enumeration or valuation, as something
extra to clinch a bargain.

{To throw off}.
(a) To expel; to free one's self from; as, to throw off a
(b) To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, to throw off
all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent.
(c) To make a start in a hunt or race. [Eng.]

{To throw on}, to cast on; to load.

{To throw one's self down}, to lie down neglectively or

{To throw one's self on} or {To throw one's self upon}.
(a) To fall upon.
(b) To resign one's self to the favor, clemency, or
sustain power of (another); to repose upon.

{To throw out}.
(a) To cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. "The
other two, whom they had thrown out, they were
content should enjoy their exile." --Swift. "The bill
was thrown out." --Swift.
(b) To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, to
throw out insinuation or observation. "She throws out
thrilling shrieks." --Spenser.
(c) To distance; to leave behind. --Addison.
(d) To cause to project; as, to throw out a pier or an
(e) To give forth; to emit; as, an electric lamp throws
out a brilliant light.
(f) To put out; to confuse; as, a sudden question often
throws out an orator.

{To throw over}, to abandon the cause of; to desert; to
discard; as, to throw over a friend in difficulties.

{To throw up}.
(a) To resign; to give up; to demit; as, to throw up a
commission. "Experienced gamesters throw up their
cards when they know that the game is in the enemy's
hand." --Addison.
(b) To reject from the stomach; to vomit.
(c) To construct hastily; as, to throw up a breastwork of
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Threw \Threw\ (thr[udd]),
imp. of {Throw}.
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