Throw Definition

Define what is Throw?

1. throw (noun)

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

  • the catcher made a good throw to second base.

actuation, propulsion noun
the act of propelling.


bowling noun
(cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman.

fling noun
the act of flinging.

heaving, heave noun
throwing something heavy (with great effort).

hurl, cast noun
a violent throw.

leaner noun
(horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake.

toss, flip, pass noun
(sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team.

pitch noun
the action or manner of throwing something.

pitch, delivery noun
(baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter.

ringer noun
(horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg.

shy noun
a quick throw.

slinging noun
throwing with a wide motion (as if with a sling).

throw-in noun
(rugby) an act or instance of throwing a ball in to put it into play.

flip noun
a sudden, quick movement.

2. throw (verb)

propel through the air.

  • throw a frisbee.

propel, impel verb
cause to move forward with force.


flap down, slam verb
throw violently.

ground verb
throw to the ground in order to stop play and avoid being tackled behind the line of scrimmage.

prostrate verb
throw down flat, as on the ground.

hurl, hurtle, cast verb
throw forcefully.

heave verb
throw with great effort.

bombard, pelt verb
cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile.

defenestrate verb
throw through or out of the window.

pitch, deliver verb
throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball.

shy verb
throw quickly.

drive verb
cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force.

deep-six, throw overboard verb
throw from a boat.

ridge verb
throw soil toward (a crop row) from both sides.

jettison verb
throw as from an airplane.

fling verb
throw with force or recklessness.

lob verb
propel in a high arc.

chuck, toss verb
throw carelessly.

skitter, skim, skip verb
cause to skip over a surface.

juggle verb
throw, catch, and keep in the air several things simultaneously.

flick, flip verb
cause to move with a flick.

pass verb
throw (a ball) to another player.

3. throw (noun)

a single chance or instance.

  • he couldn't afford $50 a throw.

chance, opportunity noun
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances.

4. throw (verb)

move violently, energetically, or carelessly.

  • She threw herself forwards.

move verb
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.

5. cam stroke, stroke, throw (noun)

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

    Synonyms: cam stroke, stroke

    motion, movement noun
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something.


    instroke noun
    the stroke of an engine piston moving away from the crankshaft.

    outstroke noun
    the stroke of an engine piston moving toward the crankshaft.

    6. cast off, shed, throw off, shake off, throw away, throw, cast, drop (verb)

    get rid of.

    • he shed his image as a pushy boss.
    • shed your clothes.

    remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.


    exuviate, molt, moult, slough, shed verb
    cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers.

    abscise verb
    shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue.

    exfoliate verb
    cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters.

    autotomise, autotomize verb
    cause a body part to undergo autotomy.

    7. throw (noun)

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


      bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding noun
      coverings that are used on a bed.

      8. throw, thrust (verb)

      place or put with great energy.

      • She threw the blanket around the child.
      • thrust the money in the hands of the beggar.
      Synonyms: thrust

      lay, place, put, Set, position, pose verb
      put into a certain place or abstract location.


      pop verb
      put or thrust suddenly and forcefully.

      9. throw (noun)

      casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly.

      • he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice.

      gambling, gaming, play noun
      the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize).


      cast, roll noun
      the act of throwing dice.

      toss, flip noun
      the act of flipping a coin.

      10. throw, give (verb)

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

      • Throw a glance.
      • She gave me a dirty look.
      Synonyms: give

      communicate, intercommunicate verb
      transmit thoughts or feelings.

      11. flip, switch, throw (verb)

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

      • switch on the light.
      • throw the lever.
      Synonyms: flip, switch

      mesh, lock, operate, engage verb
      keep engaged.


      switch on, turn on verb
      cause to operate by flipping a switch.

      switch off, turn off, turn out, cut verb
      cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch.

      12. cast, contrive, throw, project (verb)

      put or send forth.

      • She threw the flashlight beam into the corner.
      • The setting sun threw long shadows.
      • cast a spell.
      • cast a warm light.
      Synonyms: cast, contrive, project

      send, direct verb
      cause to go somewhere.


      shoot verb
      send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly.

      13. throw (verb)

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

      • Jane threw dinner together.
      • throw the car into reverse.

      lay, place, put, Set, position, pose verb
      put into a certain place or abstract location.

      14. bemuse, discombobulate, bewilder, throw (verb)

      cause to be confused emotionally.


        discomfit, discompose, untune, disconcert, upset verb
        cause to lose one's composure.

        15. hurl, throw (verb)

        utter with force; utter vehemently.

        • hurl insults.
        • throw accusations at someone.
        Synonyms: hurl

        give tongue to, utter, express, verbalise, verbalize verb
        articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise.

        16. hold, give, have, throw, make (verb)

        organize or be responsible for.

        • hold a reception.
        • have, throw, or make a party.
        • give a course.
        Synonyms: hold, give, have, make

        direct verb
        be in charge of.

        17. throw (verb)

        make on a potter's wheel.

        • she threw a beautiful teapot.

        SHAPE, mould, mold, form, forge, work verb
        make something, usually for a specific function.

        18. throw (verb)

        cause to fall off.

        • The horse threw its inexperienced rider.

        dislodge, bump verb
        remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied.

        19. throw (verb)

        throw (a die) out onto a flat surface.

        • Throw a six.

        release, turn verb
        let (something) fall or spill from a container.


        shoot verb
        throw dice, as in a crap game.

        20. befuddle, confound, bedevil, confuse, discombobulate, Fox, fuddle, throw (verb)

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

        • These questions confuse even the experts.
        • This question completely threw me.
        • This question befuddled even the teacher.

        Be verb
        have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


        demoralize verb
        confuse or put into disorder.

        mystify, baffle, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, puzzle, perplex, nonplus, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get verb
        be a mystery or bewildering to.

        disorient, disorientate verb
        cause to be lost or disoriented.

        Nearby Terms

        throw a fit (verb)
        get very angry and fly into a rage

        throw away (verb)
        throw or cast away

        throw back (verb)
        throw back with a quick, light motion

        throw cold water on (verb)
        be discouraging or negative about

        throw in (verb)
        add as an extra or as a gratuity

        throw in the towel (verb)
        give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat

        throw off (verb)
        get rid of

        throw out (verb)
        force to leave or move out

        throw out of kilter (verb)
        throw into great confusion or disorder

        throw overboard (verb)
        lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime

        throw pillow (noun)
        a small cushion that is used for decorative purposes

        throw rug (noun)
        a small rug; several can be used in a room

        throw stick (noun)
        a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower

        throw together (verb)
        produce shoddily, without much attention to detail

        throw up (verb)
        eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth