- each of three equal parts of a thing. thirdly adv. [old english: related to *three]
- degree —n. Long and severe questioning, esp. By police to obtain information or a confession. —adj. (third-degree) denoting burns of the most severe kind, affecting lower layers of tissue.
- man n. Fielder positioned near the boundary behind the slips.
- party —n. - another party besides the two principals.
- bystander etc. —adj. (third-party) (of insurance) covering damage or injury suffered by a person other than the insured.
- person n. - = *third party.
- gram. See *person.
- reading n. Third presentation of a bill to a legislative assembly.
- reich n. Nazi regime, 1933-45.
- world n. (usu. Prec. By the) developing countries of asia, africa, and latin america.
n. (in full thole-pin) 1 pin in the gunwale of a boat as the fulcrum for an oar.
- each of two such pins forming a rowlock. [old english]
n. Narrow strip of hide or leather. [old english]
n. - sharp-pointed projection on a plant.
- thorn-bearing shrub or tree. thorn in one's flesh (or side) constant nuisance. thornless adj. [old english]
pl. Of *that.
adj. & n. - a one more than two. B symbol for this (3, iii, iii).
- size etc. Denoted by three. [old english]
- rs n.pl. (prec. By the) reading, writing, and arithmetic.
past of *throw.
—v. (-bb-) 1 pulsate, esp. With more than the usual force or rapidity.
- vibrate with a persistent rhythm or with emotion. —n. - throbbing.
- (esp. Violent) pulsation. [imitative]
n. (usu. In pl.) Violent pang, esp. Of childbirth or death. in the throes of struggling with the task of. [old english, alteration of original throwe, perhaps by association with woe]
—v. (past threw; past part. Thrown) 1 propel with force through the air.
- force violently into, or compel to be in, a specified position or state (thrown on the rocks; threw themselves down; thrown out of work).
- turn or move (part of the body) quickly or suddenly (threw an arm out).
- project or cast (light, a shadow, etc.).
- a bring to the ground in wrestling. B (of a horse) unseat (its rider).
- colloq. Disconcert (the question threw me).
- (foll. By on, off, etc.) Put (clothes etc.) Hastily on or off etc.
- a cause (dice) to fall on a table etc. B obtain (a specified number) by throwing dice.
- cause to pass or extend suddenly to another state or position (threw a bridge across the river). 10 operate (a switch or lever). 11 form on a potter's wheel. 12 have (a fit or tantrum etc.). 13 give (a party). —n. - act of throwing or being thrown.
- distance a thing is or may be thrown.
- (prec. By a) slang each; per item (sold at £10 a throw). throw away 1 discard as useless or unwanted.
- waste or fail to make use of (an opportunity etc.). Throw back 1 revert to ancestral character.
- (usu. In passive; foll. By on) compel to rely on. Throw in 1 interpose (a word or remark).
- include at no extra cost.
- throw (a football) from the edge of the pitch where it has gone out of play. Throw in the towel (or sponge) admit defeat. Throw off 1 discard; contrive to get rid of.
- write or utter in an offhand manner. Throw oneself at seek blatantly as a sexual partner. Throw oneself into engage vigorously in. Throw oneself on (or upon) rely completely on. Throw open (often foll. By to) 1 cause to be suddenly or widely open.
- make accessible. Throw out 1 put out forcibly or suddenly.