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From Middle English throte, from Old English þrote, þrota, þrotu(throat), from Proto-Germanic *þrutō(throat), from Proto-Indo-European *trud-(to swell, become stiff). Cognate with Dutch strot(throat), German Droß(throat), Icelandic þroti(swelling), Swedish trut.



throat ‎(plural throats)

  1. The front part of the neck.
    The wild pitch bounced and hit the catcher in the throat.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, in The Purchase Price:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  2. The gullet or windpipe.
    As I swallowed I felt something strange in my throat.
  3. A narrow opening in a vessel.
    The water leaked out from the throat of the bottle.
  4. Station throat.
  5. The part of a chimney between the gathering, or portion of the funnel which contracts in ascending, and the flue.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gwilt to this entry?)
  6. (nautical) The upper fore corner of a boom-and-gaff sail, or of a staysail.
  7. (nautical) That end of a gaff which is next the mast.
  8. (nautical) The angle where the arm of an anchor is joined to the shank.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Totten to this entry?)
  9. (shipbuilding) The inside of a timber knee.
  10. (botany) The orifice of a tubular organ; the outer end of the tube of a monopetalous corolla; the faux, or fauces.


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throat ‎(third-person singular simple present throats, present participle throating, simple past and past participle throated)

  1. (obsolete) To utter in the throat; to mutter.
    to throat threats
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chapman to this entry?)
  2. (Britain, dialect, obsolete) To mow (beans, etc.) in a direction against their bending.

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