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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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