• WordNet 3.6
    • adj through (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes "a through street","a through bus","through traffic"
    • adj through having finished or arrived at completion "certain to make history before he's done","it's a done deed","after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up","almost through with his studies"
    • adv through throughout the entire extent "got soaked through in the rain","I'm frozen through","a letter shot through with the writer's personality","knew him through and through","boards rotten through and through"
    • adv through over the whole distance "this bus goes through to New York"
    • adv through in diameter "this cylinder measures 15 inches through"
    • adv through from beginning to end "read this book through"
    • adv through to completion "think this through very carefully!"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Uncle Godfrey wades through snow, two horses and a dingo nearby Uncle Godfrey wades through snow, two horses and a dingo nearby
Habogi and Helga ride through the herd of horses Habogi and Helga ride through the herd of horses
The prince cuts through the chains holding the princess The prince cuts through the chains holding the princess
I Won't Go Through Town with Them Things On I Won't Go Through Town with Them Things On
wolfhound fleeing through downland wolfhound fleeing through downland

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Turtles can breathe through their butts
    • Through Among or in the midst of; -- used to denote passage; as, a fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a thicket.
    • Through Between the sides or walls of; within; as, to pass through a door; to go through an avenue. "Through the gate of ivory he dismissed
      His valiant offspring."
    • Through By means of; by the agency of. "Through these hands this science has passed with great applause.""Material things are presented only through their senses."
    • Through From beginning to end; as, to read a letter through .
    • Through From end to end of, or from side to side of; from one surface or limit of, to the opposite; into and out of at the opposite, or at another, point; as, to bore through a piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through the side of a ship.
    • Through From one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing through .
    • Through From the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion of; as, through life; through the year.
    • a Through Going or extending through; going, extending, or serving from the beginning to the end; thorough; complete; as, a through line; a through ticket; a through train. Also, admitting of passage through; as, a through bridge.
    • Through Over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through the country; to look through an account.
    • Through To the end; to a conclusion; to the ultimate purpose; as, to carry a project through .
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A turtle can breathe through its butt.
    • n through In plowing and other field-work, a single passage across the field; half of a bout.
    • through From one side or end to the other side or end of; from the beginning to the end of: expressing transition or motion from or as from one point to another. Specifically— Denoting passage from one point to another, especially in a direct line from one end or side to the other end or side of something, either by penetration or by motion in and along some passage, opening, or space already formed: as, to bore a hole through a beam; to pass through a town; to creep through a hole; to march through the streets; to see through a telescope; to cut through several thicknesses; to pass through a doorway. Sometimes emphatically reduplicated, as in the phrase through and through.
    • through From the beginning to the end of; in or during the course of; coincident with: as, to enjoy good health all through life.
    • through Throughout; over the whole surface or extent of; in all directions in; all over: as, to travel through the country.
    • through Expressing passage in and out of, among, along, or within some yielding medium, or separable or penetrable aggregate: as, to move through the water, as a fish or a ship; to wander through the jungle; to run the fingers through the hair.
    • through Expressing complete passage from one step to another in any series or course of action or treatment: as, to go through an operation; to go through college (that is a course of instruction in college); to go through a course of treatment or training.
    • through Among: expressing a succession of experiences in passing along any course to ultimate exit or emergence: as, to pass through perils or tribulations.
    • through By way of: expressing a preliminary or intermediate stage.
    • through By means of: expressing instrumentality, means, or agency.
    • through By reason of; on account of; in consequence of; out of: expressing reason or actuating principle or impulse: as, to run away through fear.
    • through See the verbs.
    • through From one end or side to the other: as, to pierce or bore a thing through. See thorough, adv.
    • through From beginning to end: as, to read a letter through.
    • through To the end; to the ultimate purpose: as, to carry a project through.
    • through To the end or terminal point, as of a line of travel: as, that ticket will take you through.
    • through Thoroughly.
    • through See the verbs.
    • through Clear; open; unobstructed.
    • through That extends or goes with little or no interruption or without change from one important or distant place to another: as, a through line of railway; a through train; a through passenger.
    • through That entitles to transportation to the end of the line or succession of lines by which some distant point is reached: as, a through ticket; a through bill of lading.
    • n through A stone coffin.
    • n through A through-stone; a perpend.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
    • prep Through thrōō from end to end, or from side to side of: between the sides of: over the whole extent of: among: from beginning to end: by means of: in consequence of
    • adv Through from one end or side to the other: from beginning to end: to the end or purpose
    • adj Through clear, unobstructed, serving for an entire route
    • adj Through active, energetic
    • adv Through in every part: everywhere
    • ***


  • Robert Frost
    “The only way around is through.”
  • Laura Riding
    Laura Riding
    “Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “I read part of it all the way through.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “The most useless are those who never change through the years.”
  • Bruce Barton
    “When you're through changing, you're through.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.”


Go through the mill - If you go through the mill, you have a very unpleasant experience. If you put someone through the mill, you make them undergo an unpleasant experience.
Go through the motions - When you go through the motions, you do something like an everyday routine and without any feelings whatsoever.
Jump through hoops - If you are prepared to jump through hoops for someone, you are prepared to make great efforts and sacrifices for them.
Pay through the nose - If you pay through the nose for something, you pay a very high price for it.
Slip through one's fingers - If something slips through one’s fingers it escapes or is lost through carelessness.
Slip through the cracks - (UK) If something slips through the cracks, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
Slip through the net - If something slips through the net, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thurgh, þurh, þuruh, þoruh, AS. þurh,; akin to OS. thurh, thuru, OFries. thruch, D. door, OHG. durh, duruh, G. durch, Goth. þaírh,; cf. Ir. tri, tre, W. trwy,. √53. Cf. Nostril Thorough Thrill


In literature:

We are soaked through and through, and we are stiff with bruises and exertion.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
You are spotted through and through.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It went shrieking through and through her.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The sun streamed through the window in yellow heat right on to a pat of melting butter.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
A mortise-opening cut through the knee of the head, between the cheeks, through which the gammoning is passed.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And Stanley Moncrief suffered through me, and through me all the school has eaten dirt.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Blair shoved his way through the crowd and led Gregory down the gangway.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
He ate leisurely and the large dining room was filled before he was through.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
At any rate, he saw through and through me.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
I do more ridin' through the week than I care for nowadays.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Ursula went through the class teaching as through a meaningless daze.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He ran through Saukenuk, through the meadow, into the trees by the river's edge.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
With a scream the girl tore at him as his arm straightened out, and Peter went hurtling through the air.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Look through the prism, turning it or your head around until you see a chair through it.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
I will be safe through the day, and besides, the beast has gutted this ship.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
This cave leads through a series of tunnels down through the ice to the bottom of the valley.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
The town had seemed smaller as he had come through its streets, the houses too; and yet it was nice.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
But Ruth lived through that week seeing little beyond the one thing that she must get through it.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
The shepherds sing: Through heaven, through earth, hosannas ring.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Roland went about through the day, humming the music of the night before, which was still running through his head.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

Through the long days and years
What will my loved one be,
Parted from me?
Through the long days and years.
"Una" by John Hay
Through the woods let us roam,
Through the wastes wild and barren;
We are strangers at home!
We are exiles in Erin!
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
High Father,
Oh gather
Thy sons and thy daughters,
Through fires and through waters,
Home to the nest
Of thy breast!
"A Song Prayer" by George MacDonald
When Phyllis smiles, her glance beguiles
My heart through love-lit woodland aisles,
And through the silence high and clear,
A wooing warbler's song I hear.
"Response" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Ah, if you knew how lost and lone
I watch and weep and wait for you,
You'd press my heart close to your own
Till love had healed me through and through,
If you but knew!
"If You But Knew" by Mathilde Blind
Through childhood, through youth, into manhood
Argued and argued he;
And he married a simple maiden,
Though scarcely in love was she;
But he reasoned the matter so clearly she hardly could help but agree.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

I got an alert through Linkedin this morning through my NBFAA group membership from co-member Jason Smith, NBFAA communications specialist.
Then after going through my old lists, I also went through my blog (you can scan through out old toddler or preschool posts too by going to the categories in the right sidebar).
We made the Florida Power & Light payment through the love of the kitty lovers through out the world.
A unseasonably cool weather pattern will push through the Tennessee Valley through the weekend, according to the Huntsville office of the National Weather Service.
Clouds, wind and developing showers and thunderstorms will spread through northern and central Wyoming through this afternoon along the front.
For all the good vibes that were flowing through the Williamsport clubhouse through the first four games of the homestand that ended last night, there were absolutely none following a 7-1 loss to Connecticut on Monday.
Through Feb 12, 2013, 7:30 pm and Through April 30, 2013, 7:30 pm Phone: 957-0284 Price: $15-$25
) through her more revealing '70s Lynda Carter look through her new outfit today, Wonder Woman has sported a wide range of comical costumes.
Historic data for 2006 through 2011 and forecast data for 2012 through 2015 are included in the report.
Through With Chew Week is Feb 19 through 25.
Walk through a greenhouse full of beautiful and rare butterflies from 11 countries, through April 30, 2013.
The entire 23-page brochure is downloadable through a link through the district's website,
All through the Early Voting period, I've been comparing turnout this year to elections from 2005 through 2009.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office reports DUI arrests are down 10 percent from 452 through Dec 12, 2011, to 406 through Dec 12.
Each month during the school year, the first- through fourth-graders in Wayne County learn about the Pillars of Character through a program called Character Counts.

In science:

The latter enters through the covariant derivatives which involve the metric gµν through the connection coefficients (12).
Close encounters of black holes
Then φ maps integral curves π(f (µ−1(µ(u, v )))) through π(f (u, v )) to π(f ′ (µ′−1 (κ(µ(u, v ))))) = π(f ′ (µ′−1(µ′ (ψ(u, v ))))) through π(f ′ (ψ(u, v ))), so the tangent lines to them.
Generic singularities of implicit systems of first order differential equations on the plane
Notation 4.5 For λ ∈ a ⊂ p, let Oλ be the K –orbit in p through λ, and let Da be the K –orbit in AN through a = exp λ ∈ A.
Thompson's conjecture for real semi-simple Lie groups
The right-hand side function f can be accessed through applications of a quantum query operator Qf on a quantum space (defined through values of components of f ).
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
We will need two different types of functions, ˇψ1 in the case of multiple through-blocks and ˇψ2 in the case of a single through-block.
Second Order Freeness and Fluctuations of Random Matrices: I. Gaussian and Wishart matrices and Cyclic Fock spaces
We note that the dimensionless gravitational coupling constant αG (tn ) depends on the time tn through the dependence of the radius of the universe through the time tn .
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
Notice that it depends on ξ through the potential Vh , i.e. through the average < . >.
Large N asymptotics of orthogonal polynomials, from integrability to algebraic geometry
Is has xs through-blocks and Jt has yt through-blocks.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
In the form (55) all dependence of K on frame conditions is implicit in the relations Rα = Rα ({ta}), which enters K through gab and Aa and also through M −1 when expressed in terms of internal coordinates.
Many-body Hamiltonians in implicitly defined frames
Any group bQ(k)n is presented through the interval h bQ(k)n+1 , bQ(k) ˘n+1 i of the line k as well as through some groups of previous lines placed on r.h.s. of n column.
Search for gauge symmetry generators of singular Lagrangian theory
Thus the only choice involved is to factor the fibers of an element of F n(Γ, K(Γ))[n] through χ′′ , i.e. through K(DOAG).
Integration in valued fields
The vector field on the three-ball is obtained by rotating this vector field through the axis through the center of the picture.
Holomorphic disks and link invariants
T (C , J )¯0 is identified with so(M , Q) through Φ¯0 and T (C , J )¯1 with C ⊗ (U ⊕ U ) through Φ¯1 , then the action of T (C , J )¯0 on T (C , J )¯1 is given, precisely, by the spin representation.
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras
Naturally, the 4-vector ak in (20) must be expressed through the quantum values, in particular through ψ+ and ψ .
Fermi-transported spinor and Dirac equation in general relativity
Denote by η the plane through eg , e, and f and by ζ the plane through ef , e, and g .
Two-generator Kleinian orbifolds