† throw, n.1
α. OE þrag, OE ðrag, OE–eME þrah, lOE ðrah- (in derivatives), eME þraȝe, eME þraȝhe ( Ormulum), ME drawe, ME tharu, ME thrau, ME thraue, ME trau, ME trawe, ME þraw, ME þrawe, ME (15 Sc.) thraw, ME (15 Sc.) thrawe; see also thrall n.2
β. eME þroȝe, eME þrou, ME drowe, ME throo, ME throrowe, ME trowe, ME þrow, ME þrowe, ME–15 throwe, ME–16 throw, lME prowe (transmission error).
γ. ME threwe.(Show Less)
a. A period of time, a while; (later esp.) a very short one; an instant, a moment. Cf. thrall n.2Frequently in prepositional phrases, such as in a throw: in a moment, instantly. Also in noun phrases used adverbially, such as a (little, long, etc.) throw : for a (little, long, etc.) while.life-throw: see the first element.
b. A turn. by throws: by turns, alternately. in (also on) a throw : in turn, consecutively.
2. The time of occurrence of a particular event or happening; a particular time marked by an occurrence.Frequently in prepositional phrases, such as in this (or that) throw : at this (or that) time. Also in noun phrases used adverbially, such as the same throw : at the same time. many a throw: many a time, often.In Old English sometimes specifically implying hardship, peril, or distress; compare quots. OE1, OE2.
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