from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
- n. A condition of agonizing struggle or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pang, spasm.
- n. A hard struggle.
- v. To put in agony.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish; agony; especially, one of the pangs of travail in childbirth, or purturition.
- n. A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.
- intransitive v. To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
- transitive v. To put in agony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent pang; hence, pain; anguish; suffering; agony: particularly applied to the anguish of travail in childbirth or parturition.
- n. Effort.
- To agonize; struggle in extreme pain; be in agony.
- To pain; put in agony.
- n. See throw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hard or painful trouble or struggle
- n. severe spasm of pain
Middle English throwe, perhaps alteration of thrawe, from Old English thrawu, genitive of thrēah, pain, affliction.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English þrēa, thrawu ("threat"). This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)