throwing stick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n throwing stick a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
    • n throwing stick a device resembling a sling that is used in various primitive societies to propel a dart or spear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Throwing stick (Anthropol) An instrument used by various savage races for throwing a spear; -- called also throw stick and spear thrower. One end of the stick receives the butt of the spear, as upon a hook or thong, and the other end is grasped with the hand, which also holds the spear, toward the middle, above it with the finger and thumb, the effect being to bring the place of support nearer the center of the spear, and practically lengthen the arm in the act of throwing. In Mexico, one such device is called the atlatl.
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Usage

In literature:

They had no spears and few throwing sticks; nor had they with them either cloaks, or hammers, or shields, or any other weapon that we could see.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
To sit there like a senseless statue, when you might be taking him to walk and throwing sticks for him to catch!
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
These big bullies were jeering him and throwing sticks and cans at him.
""Say Fellows--"" by Wade C. Smith
He knows how to jump in after sticks you throw into the water; doesn't he?
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
He might throw the stick at the animal, however, and frighten it away.
"Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's" by Laura Lee Hope
Don't worry, he was mad enough to throw us both out if he thought he could make it stick, but he knew he couldn't.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
I didn't throw them at you, but at a Partridge that was sitting on your stick.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
But I reckon that is more a reason for sticking to me than for throwing me over.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Occasionally it would stop and chatter at him, throwing sticks in a most human way, as if to order him back.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
Stick to confidence and hopefulness, then, since how mad for the cripple to throw his crutches away.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
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In poetry:

Of a dog touches you and makes you rise
Upon one arm to pat him; and he licks
Your hand for that. A child is throwing sticks,
Hard by, at some half-dozen cows, which fix
Upon him their unmoved contented eyes.
"Fancies At Leisure - I" by William Michael Rossetti
As vonce I valked by a dismal swamp,
There sot an old cove in the dark and damp,
And at everybody as passed that road
A stick or a stone this old cove throwed.
And venever he flung his stick or his stone,
He'd set up a song of "Let me alone."
"All We Ask Is To Be Let Alone" by Henry Howard Brownell

In news:

College students sometimes amuse themselves by throwing JELL-O against the wall to see if it sticks.
NBC News reported Tuesday morning that Mitt Romney's campaign was "throwing the kitchen sink" at President Obama: With prospects fading, the Republican challenger was trying any and all lines of attack to see what might stick.
A so-called crazed gunman was sprung with no bail by a judge tonight, a day after throwing the Flatiron District into a panic -- and left the courthouse swinging his arms and sticking out his tongue as he cursed at reporters.
Check out this video in which a girl makes the classic mistake of agreeing to throw a pinata so a guy can take a whack at it with a stick.
A Pakistani protester throws a wooden stick at a police post set on fire by other protestors, during clashes that erupted as protestors tried to approach the US embassy, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept 20, 2012.
"We're going to throw as much as we can against the wall to see what sticks.".
A day in the life of Ivan Stoiljkovic, 6 years old, often includes having relatives throw coins at his chest or stick frying pans to his stomach.
"I use it to supplement my diet so I really just stick to the diet first and throw supplements on top," he says.
Mr Stockwin asks some questions to which he already knows the answers, but in this election mode, he is obviously throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks – not the first time that's happened in this town.
However, if I was loading 4831 or 4350, for example, I couldn't get the precision I wanted simply throwing each charge of these long-grain, stick powders.
Do you throw discretion to the wind and go for the Menage 'a Trois, or play it safe and stick with the Monogamy.
Stone Tools Joe talks about using stone tools to make his throwing stick.
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In science:

But if we throw thousand coins, we can predict that about 500 will fall on one side and the rest on the opposite side (except when we cheat, or the coin sticks in the mud of a sport arena).
A Biased Review of Sociophysics
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