throw

When you throw a ball, you toss it using your hand. When you throw a party, you buy some food and drinks, then invite your friends over.

Throw means many things. You can throw a baseball game, even if you're not the pitcher, by deliberately trying to lose it. You can throw a baby off its schedule — that is, confuse the baby's waking and sleeping times. In basketball, when you get fouled and throw the ball from the free-throw line, you're taking a free throw. You can throw garbage out. Also, a throw is a small blanket you toss over a chair, much like a throw pillow.

Primary Meanings of throw

1.
vn
propel through the air
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
2.
vn
throw (a die) out onto a flat surface
casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
3.
v
to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly
4.
v
put or send forth
5.
v
organize or be responsible for
6.
v
make on a potter's wheel
7.
v
get rid of
Full Definitions of throw
1

v propel through the air

throw a frisbee”
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flap down, slam
throw violently
ground
throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage
prostrate
throw down flat, as on the ground
cast, hurl, hurtle
throw forcefully
heave
throw with great effort
bombard, pelt
cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
defenestrate
throw through or out of a window
deliver, pitch
throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
shy
throw quickly
drive
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force
deep-six, throw overboard
throw from a boat
ridge
throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides
jettison
throw as from an airplane
fling
throw with force or recklessness
lob
propel in a high arc
chuck, toss
throw carelessly
skim, skip, skitter
cause to skip over a surface
juggle
throw, catch, and keep in the air several things simultaneously
flick, flip
cause to move with a flick
pass
throw (a ball) to another player
lapidate
throw stones at
crash, dash
hurl or thrust violently
precipitate
hurl or throw violently
snowball
throw snowballs at
egg
throw eggs at
flip, pitch, sky, toss
throw or toss with a light motion
catapult, sling
hurl as if with a sling
bowl
hurl a cricket ball from one end of the pitch towards the batsman at the other end
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v cause to fall off

“The horse threw its inexperienced rider”
Type of:
bump, dislodge
remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied

v move violently, energetically, or carelessly

“She threw herself forwards”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v place or put with great energy

“She threw the blanket around the child”
Synonyms:
thrust
Types:
pop
put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

throw the lever”
Synonyms:
flip, switch
Types:
switch on, turn on
cause to operate by flipping a switch
cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
kill
cause to cease operating
Type of:
engage, lock, mesh, operate
keep engaged

n the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

“the catcher made a good throw to second base”
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bowling
(cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman
fling
the act of flinging
heave, heaving
throwing something heavy (with great effort)
cast, hurl
a violent throw
leaner
(horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake
flip, pass, toss
(sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
pitch
the action or manner of throwing something
delivery, pitch
(baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
ringer
(horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg
shy
a quick throw
slinging
throwing with a wide motion (as if with a sling)
throw-in
(rugby) an act or instance of throwing a ball in to put it into play
flip
a sudden, quick movement
balk
an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
ball
a pitch that is not in the strike zone
beanball, beaner
a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter's head
change-of-pace, change-of-pace ball, change-up, off-speed pitch
a baseball thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball
bender, breaking ball, curve, curve ball
a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
duster
a pitch thrown deliberately close to the batter
bullet, fastball, heater, hummer, smoke
(baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity
knuckleball, knuckler
a baseball pitch thrown with little speed or spin
overhand pitch
a baseball pitch in which the hand moves above the shoulder
passed ball
a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not; allows a base runner to advance a base
screwball
a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
sinker
a pitch that curves downward rapidly as it approaches the plate
spitball, spitter
an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it
strike
(baseball) a pitch that the batter swings at and misses, or that the batter hits into foul territory, or that the batter does not swing at but the umpire judges to be in the area over home plate and between the batter's knees and shoulders
submarine ball, submarine pitch
a pitch thrown sidearm instead of overhead
wild pitch
an errant pitch that the catcher cannot be expected to catch and that allows a base runner to advance a base
centering, snap
(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
Chinaman
a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg
bosie, bosie ball, googly, wrong 'un
a cricket ball bowled as if to break one way that actually breaks in the opposite way
no ball
unlawfully delivered ball in cricket
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something

Type of:
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
coverings that are used on a bed

n the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

Synonyms:
cam stroke, stroke
Types:
instroke
the stroke of an engine piston moving away from the crankshaft
outstroke
the stroke of an engine piston moving toward the crankshaft
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
2

v throw (a die) out onto a flat surface

Throw a six”
Types:
shoot
throw dice, as in a crap game
Type of:
release, turn
let (something) fall or spill from a container

n casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

“he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice”
Types:
cast, roll
the act of throwing dice
flip, toss
the act of flipping a coin
natural
(craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
Type of:
gambling, gaming, play
the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)

n a single chance or instance

“he couldn't afford $50 a throw
Type of:
chance, opportunity
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
3

v to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly

“Jane threw dinner together”
throw the car into reverse”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

“This question completely threw me”
Synonyms:
bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle
confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
cause to feel embarrassment
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demoralise, demoralize
confuse or put into disorder
amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
be a mystery or bewildering to
disorient, disorientate
cause to be lost or disoriented
mix up, stump
cause to be perplexed or confounded
riddle
set a difficult problem or riddle
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v cause to be confused emotionally

Synonyms:
bemuse, bewilder, discombobulate
Type of:
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
4

v put or send forth

“She threw the flashlight beam into the corner”
“The setting sun threw long shadows”
Synonyms:
cast, contrive, project
Types:
shoot
send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
Type of:
direct, send
cause to go somewhere

v convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture

Throw a glance”
Synonyms:
give
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v utter with force; utter vehemently

throw accusations at someone”
Synonyms:
hurl
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
5

v organize or be responsible for

Synonyms:
give, have, hold, make
Type of:
direct
be in charge of
6

v make on a potter's wheel

“she threw a beautiful teapot”
Type of:
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function
7

v get rid of

Synonyms:
cast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw away, throw off
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exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
abscise
shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
exfoliate
cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
autotomise, autotomize
cause a body part to undergo autotomy
desquamate, peel off
peel off in scales
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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