1. To propel through the air with a motion of the hand or arm.
2. To propel or discharge into the air by any means: a machine that throws tennis balls; ash that was thrown by an erupting volcano.
3. To cause to move with great force or speed; propel or displace: threw themselves on the food; jetsam that had been thrown up onto the shore.
a. To force (an opponent) to the ground or floor, as in wrestling or the martial arts.
b. To cause to fall off: The horse threw its rider.
5. Informal To cause confusion or perplexity in; disconcert or nonplus: We didn't let our worries throw us.
6. To put on or off hastily or carelessly: throw on a jacket.
a. To put suddenly or forcefully into a given condition, position, or activity: threw him into a fit of laughter; threw some supper together; threw her leg over the arm of the chair.
b. To devote, apply, or direct: threw all their resources into the new endeavor; threw the blame onto the others.
8. To form on a potter's wheel: throw a vase.
9. To twist (fibers) into thread.
a. To roll (dice).
b. To roll (a particular combination) with dice.
c. To discard or play (a card).
11. To send forth; project: She threw me a look of encouragement.
12. To cause (one's voice) to seem to come from a source other than oneself.
13. To cause to fall on or over something; cast: The rising sun threw shadows across the lawn. We threw sheets over the furniture before we painted the ceiling.
14. To bear (young). Used of cows or horses, for example.
15. To arrange or give (a party, for example).
16. To move (a lever or switch) in order to activate, deactivate, or control a device.
17. Informal To lose or give up (a contest, for example) purposely.
18. To abandon oneself to; have: heard the news and threw a fit.
19. To commit (oneself), especially for leniency or support: threw himself on the mercy of the court.
20. To deliver (a punch), as in boxing: threw a left hook.