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 flames.
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. To throw away. To lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; to bestow without a compensation; as, to throw away time; to throw away money. To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good offer. To throw back. To retort; to cast back, as a reply. To reject; to refuse. 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. To inject, as a fluid. 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. To add without enumeration or valuation, as something extra to clinch a bargain. To throw off. To expel; to free one's self from; as, to throw off a disease. To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent. To make a start in a hunt or race. To throw on, to cast on; to load. To throw one's self down, to lie down neglectively or suddenly. To throw one's self on or upon. To fall upon. To resign one's self to the favor, clemency, or sustain power of (another); to repose upon. To throw out. To cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. "The other two, whom they had thrown out, they were content should enjoy their exile." . "The bill was thrown out." . To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, to throw out insinuation or observation. "She throws out thrilling shrieks." . To distance; to leave behind. To cause to project; as, to throw out a pier or an abutment. To give forth; to emit; as, an electric lamp throws out a brilliant light. 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. 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." . To reject from the stomach; to vomit. To construct hastily; as, to throw up a breastwork of earth.
Origin: OE. Rowen, rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. Rawan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. Draaijen, G. Drehen, OHG. Drajan, L. Terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. To bore, to turn, to pierce, a hole. Cf. Thread, Trite, Turn.
Origin: AS. Rah, rag.
3. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a stone's throw.
6. <machinery> 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.
8. A turner's lathe; a throwe.
(01 Mar 1998)
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