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  1. Uttered with breaks and interruptions.
  2. Choked; suffocated.


Choking; suffocating.

THROUGH, adv. [thru.]

  1. From one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing through.
  2. From beginning to end; as, to read a letter through.
  3. To the end; to the ultimate purpose; as, to carry prospect through. To carry through, to complete; to accomplish. To go through, to prosecute a scheme to the end. #2. To undergo; to sustain; as, to go through hardships.

THROUGH, prep. [thru; Sax. thurh; D. door; G. durch; Sw. trwy or trw, whence trwyaw, to pervade; Ir. treoghdham, Gaelic, treaghaim, to pierce or bore.]

  1. From end to end, or from side to side; from one surface or limit to the opposite; as, to bore through a piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through the side of a ship.
  2. Noting passage; as, to pass through a gate or avenue. Through the gates of iv'ry he dismiss'd / His valiant offspring. Dryden.
  3. By transmission, noting the means of conveyance. Through these hands this science has passed with great applause. Temple. Material things are presented only through the senses. Cheyne.
  4. By means of; by the agency of; noting instrumentality. This signification is a derivative of the last. Through the scent of water it will bud. Job xiv. Some through ambition, or through thirst of gold, / Have slain their brothers, and their country sold. Dryden. Sanctify them through thy truth. John xvii. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi.
  5. Over the whole surface or extent; as, to ride through the country. Their tongue walketh through the earth. Ps. lxxiii.
  6. Noting passage among or in the midst of; as, to move through water, as a fish; to run through a thicket, as a deer.

THROUGH-BRED, a. [should be Thorough-bred.]

THROUGH-LIGHT-ED, a. [should be Thorough-lighted. Not used.]

THROUGH-LY, adv. [thru'ly.]

  1. Completely; fully; wholly. Bacon.
  2. Without reserve; sincerely. Tillotson. [For this, Thoroughly is now used.]

THROUGH-OUT, adv. [thruout'.]

In every part. The cloth was of a piece throughout.

THROUGH-OUT, prep. [thruout'; through and out.]

Quite through; in every part; from one extremity to the other. This is the practice throughout Ireland. A general opinion prevails throughout England. Throughout the whole course of his life, he avoided every species of vice.

THROUGH-PAC'ED, a. [Not used. See Thorough-paced.]


THROVE, v. [old pret. of Thrive.]


  1. The act of hurling or flinging; a cast; a driving or propelling from the hand or from an engine. He heav'd a stone, and rising to the throw, / He sent it in a whirlwind at the foe. Addison.
  2. A cast of dice; and the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, a good throw. None but a fool hazards all upon one throw.
  3. The distance which a missile is or may be thrown; as, a stone's throw.
  4. A stroke; a blow. Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws. Spenser.
  5. Effort; violent sally. Your youth admires / The throws and swellings of a Roman soul. Addison.
  6. The agony of travail. [See Throe.]
  7. A turner's lathe. [Local.]

THROW, v.i.

  1. To perform the act of throwing.
  2. To cast dice. To throw about, to cast about; to try expedients. [Not much used.] Spenser.

THROW, v.t. [pret. threw; pp. thrown; Sax. thrawan; perhaps D. draaijen, to turn, wind, twist, whirl; G. drehen; W. troi. The Saxon word signifies to twist, to turn, to curl, throw, and to revolve. It is contracted, and probably coincides in elements with Gr. τρεχω, to run, for this was applied primarily to wheels, as we see by its derivatives, τροχος, a wheel, τροχιλος, a top, L. trochilus.]

  1. Properly, to hurl; to whirl; to fling or cast in a winding direction.
  2. To fling or cast in any manner; to propel; to send; to drive to a distance from the hand or from an engine. Thu we throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a ball; a bomb throws a shell. The Roman balista threw various weapons. A fire-engine throws water to extinguish flames.
  3. To wind; as, to throw silk.
  4. To turn; as, to throw balls in a lathe. [Not in general use.]
  5. To venture at dice. Set less than thou throwest. Shak.
  6. To cast; to divest or strip one's self of; to put off; as, a serpent throws his skin. Shak.
  7. To cast; to send. I have thrown / A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth. Shak.
  8. To put on; to spread carelessly. O'er his fair limbs a flow'ry vest he threw. Pope.
  9. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist.
  10. To cast; to drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors thrown upon a rock. To throw away, to lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; as, to throw away time; to throw away money. #2. To bestow without a compensation. #3. To reject; as, to throw away a good book, or a good offer. Taylor. To throw by, to lay aside or 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. #2. To bring down from a high station; to depress. Spectator. To throw in, to inject. #2. To put in; to deposit with others; also, to give up or relinquish. To throw off, to expel; to clear from; as, to throw off a disease. #2. To reject; to discard; as, to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent. To throw on, to cast on; to load. To throw out, to cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. Swift. #2. To utter carelessly; to speak; as, to throw out insinuations or observations. #3. To exert; to bring forth into act. She throws out thrilling shrieks. Spenser. #4. To distance; to leave behind. Addison. #5. To exclude; to reject. The bill was thrown out on the second reading. To throw up, to resign; as, to throw up a commission. #2. To resign angrily. Bad games are thrown up too soon. Hudibras. #3. To discharge from the stomach. Arbuthnot. To throw one's self down, to lie down. To throw one's self on, to resign one's self to the favor, clemency or sustaining power of another; to repose. Taylor.


One that throws; one that twists or winds silk; a throwster.


Casting; hurling; flinging.

THROWN, pp. [of Throw.]

Cast; hurled; wound or twisted.


One that twists or winds silk.

THRUM, n. [Ice. thraum; G. trumm; D. drom, the end of a thing; Gr. θρυμμα, a fragment; θρυπτω, to break.]

  1. The ends of weaver's threads.
  2. Any coarse yarn. Bacon.
  3. Thrums, among gardeners, the thread-like internal bushy parts of flowers; the stamens.

THRUM, v.i. [D. trom, a drum.]

To play coarsely on an instrument with the fingers. Dryden.

THRUM, v.t.

  1. To weave; to knot; to twist; to fringe. Cavendish.
  2. Among seamen, to insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in a sail or mat. Dict.


  1. Playing coarsely on an instrument
  2. Weaving; knotting; twisting.

THRUSH, n. [Sax. thrisc; G. drossel; W. tresglen; Sw. trast.]

  1. A bird; a species of Turdus, the largest of the genus; the Turdus viscivorus or missel-bird. Cyc. Ed. Encyc.
  2. [Qu. thrust.] An affection of the inflammatory and suppurating kind, in the feet of the horse and some other animals. In the horse it is in the frog. Cyc.
  3. In medicine, (L. aphthæ,) minute ulcers in the mouth and fauces. Coxe. Arbuthnot. A disease characterized by roundish granular vesicles of a pearl color, affecting the lips and mouth, and sometimes the whole alimentary canal, terminating in curd-like sloughs; occasionally occurring in successive crops. Good.


  1. A violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a word much used in fencing. Polites Pyrrhus with his lance pursues, / And often reaches, and his thrusts renews. Dryden.
  2. Attack; assault. There is one thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism. More. Note. Push and shove do not exactly express the sense of thrust. The two former imply the application of force by one body already in contact with the body to be impelled. Thrust on the contrary, often implies the impulse or application of force by a moving body, a body in motion before it reaches the body to be impelled. This distinction does not extend to every case.

THRUST, v.i.

  1. To make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon; as, a fencer thrusts at his antagonist.
  2. To enter by pushing; to squeeze in. And thrust between my father and the god. Dryden.
  3. To intrude. Rowe.
  4. To push forward; to come with force; to press on. Young, old, thrust there / In mighty concourse. Chapman.