Through Through, prep. [OE. thurgh, [thorn]urh, [thorn]uruh, [thorn]oruh, AS. [thorn]urh; akin to OS. thurh, thuru, OFries. thruch, D. door, OHG. durh, duruh, G. durch, Goth. [thorn]a['i]rh; cf. Ir. tri, tre, W. trwy. [root]53. Cf. {Nostril}, {Thorough}, {Thrill}.] 1. From end to end of, or from side to side of; from one surface or limit of, to the opposite; into and out of at the opposite, or at another, point; as, to bore through a piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through the side of a ship. [1913 Webster]

2. Between the sides or walls of; within; as, to pass through a door; to go through an avenue. [1913 Webster]

Through the gate of ivory he dismissed His valiant offspring. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. By means of; by the agency of. [1913 Webster]

Through these hands this science has passed with great applause. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

Material things are presented only through their senses. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

4. Over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through the country; to look through an account. [1913 Webster]

5. Among or in the midst of; -- used to denote passage; as, a fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a thicket. [1913 Webster]

6. From the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion of; as, through life; through the year. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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