throat: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (thrōt), [key]
— n. Anat., Zool.
- the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea.
- some analogous or similar narrowed part or passage.
- the front of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone.
- the narrow opening between a fireplace and its flue or smoke chamber, often closed by a damper.
- swallow (def. 13).
- Also callednock.the forward upper corner of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail. See diag. undersail.
- jaw1 (def. 5).
- the forward edge of the opening in the vamp of a shoe.
- barrel (def. 14).
- to bring about one's own ruin: He cut his own throat by being nasty to the boss.
- to disagree with, criticize, or scold overhastily: Wait and let me finish before you jump down my throat.
- a tight or uncomfortable feeling in the throat, as a reaction to an emotion: The sight of the infant brought a lump to her throat.
- to force someone to agree to or accept (something).
- to be difficult of expression; cause to hesitate: The words of sympathy stuck in her throat.
- to make a throat in; provide with a throat.
- to utter or express from or as from the throat; utter throatily.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.