I. noun Etymology: Middle English throte, from Old English; akin to Old High German drozza throat Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) the part of the neck in front of the spinal column (2) the passage through the neck to the stomach and lungs b. (1) voice (2) the seat of the voice 2. something resembling the throat especially in being an entrance, a passageway, a construction, or a narrowed part: as a. the orifice of a tubular organ especially of a plant b. the opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep c. the part of a tennis racket that connects the head with the shaft 3. the curved part of an anchor's arm where it joins the shank — see anchor illustration II. transitive verb Date: circa 1611 1. to utter in the throat ; mutter 2. to sing or enunciate in a throaty voice

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  • throat — [ θrout ] noun count *** 1. ) the area at the back of your mouth and inside your neck: The curry was still burning his throat. She s in bed with a throat infection. sore throat: Have we got any medicine for a sore throat? => FROG 2. ) your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • throat — W3S3 [θrəut US θrout] n ↑artery, ↑brain, ↑fatty, ↑tissue, ↑heart, ↑kidney, ↑intestine, ↑intestine2, ↑small, ↑large, ↑liver, ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Throat — (thr[=o]t), n. [OE. throte, AS. [thorn]rote, [thorn]rotu; akin to OHG. drozza, G. drossel; cf. OFries. & D. stort. Cf. {Throttle}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) The part of the neck in front of, or ventral to, the vertebral column. (b) Hence, the passage… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throat — [thrōt] n. [ME throte < OE, akin to Ger dross(el), throat < IE * (s)treu , swollen, stretched < base * (s)ter , stiff > STARE] 1. the front part of the neck 2. the upper part of the passage leading from the mouth and nose to the… …   English World dictionary

  • throat — throat; throat·ed; throat·i·ly; throat·i·ness; throat·ing; throat·less; …   English syllables

  • throat — ► NOUN 1) the passage which leads from the back of the mouth of a person or animal, through which food passes to the oesophagus and air passes to the lungs. 2) the front part of the neck. 3) literary a voice of a person or a songbird. ● be at… …   English terms dictionary

  • Throat — Throat, v. t. 1. To utter in the throat; to mutter; as, to throat threats. [Obs.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To mow, as beans, in a direction against their bending. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throat — O.E. þrote (implied in þrotbolla the Adam s apple, larynx, lit. throat boll ), related to þrutian to swell, from P.Gmc. *thrut (Cf. O.H.G. drozza, Ger. Drossel, O.S. strota, M.Du. strote, Du. strot throat ), perhaps from PIE *trud …   Etymology dictionary

  • throat — noun 1 front part of the neck VERB + THROAT ▪ cut, slash, slit ▪ rip out ▪ I wanted to rip his throat out. PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • throat — n. 1) to clear one s throat 2) to gargle one s throat 3) a clear; inflamed, red, sore; scratchy; strep throat 4) (misc.) to cut one s own throat ( to ruin oneself ); to jump down smb. s throat ( to criticize smb. ); to ram smt. down smb. s throat …   Combinatory dictionary

  • throat — /throht/, n. Anat., Zool. 1. the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea. 2. some analogous or similar narrowed part or passage. 3. the front of the neck below the chin and… …   Universalium

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