• WordNet 3.6
    • n throe severe spasm of pain "the throes of dying","the throes of childbirth"
    • n throe hard or painful trouble or struggle "a country in the throes of economic collapse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Throe A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.
    • Throe Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish; agony; especially, one of the pangs of travail in childbirth, or purturition. "Prodogious motion felt, and rueful throes ."
    • v. t Throe To put in agony.
    • v. i Throe To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n throe A violent pang; hence, pain; anguish; suffering; agony: particularly applied to the anguish of travail in childbirth or parturition.
    • n throe Effort.
    • throe To agonize; struggle in extreme pain; be in agony.
    • throe To pain; put in agony.
    • n throe See throw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Throe thrō suffering, pain: agony: the pains of childbirth
    • v.i Throe to be in agony
    • v.t Throe to put in agony
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “I like a look of Agony, because I know it's true -- men do not sham Convulsion, nor simulate, a Throe --”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þrowe, þrawe, AS. þreá, a threatening, oppression, suffering, perhaps influenced by Icel. þrā, a throe, a pang, a longing; cf. AS. þreowian, to suffer


In literature:

The girl sat mute, her hand cold under his, her being passing in an agonized birth throe from unconsciousness to self-recognition.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
He had slept off his debauch and was as sober as a man in the throes of alcoholic appetite may be.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
But his heart ached for the bitter throes with which the human machine moves on.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
The country had not recovered sufficiently from the throes of the Revolution to think of expanding territory.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
She was in the throes of a six years' war.
"George Borrow and His Circle" by Clement King Shorter
She found the mighty metropolis in the throes of preparation for an event of unparalleled magnificence.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
At this period of his life the chapters of the Koran were delivered in throes of pain.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
This was something as ominous as the pause that precedes the earth's spasmodic throes.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
I am still in the throes of that lunch cloth I'm embroidering for Miriam.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
There were throes of love within her, of aspiration, of an ineffable delight in being.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown

In poetry:

He frown'd, perchance he felt a throe,
Gold-hunger gnawing at his heart--
A passing pang--for, stern and low,
He bade the fiend depart!
""In Exchange For His Soul!"" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And the earnest poet watching,
Saw the throes of the toiling earth,
Heard its voice and the mighty yearning,
And he knew what gave it birth.
"Give Me A Song, Thou Poet" by Alexander Anderson
But can his widow'd heart yet glow ?
Ah no ! for ever is it still,--
No more to feel misfortune's throe,
No more to prove the lovesome thrill.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
Lift thy head, thou undaunted youth!
Though some hope may now break, forsooth,
Brighter a new one and higher
Shall throe eye fill with its fire.
"Oyvind's Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Who of this crowd to-night shall tread
The dance till daylight gleam again?
Who sorrow o'er the untimely dead?
Who writhe in throes of mortal pain?
"The Crowded Street" by William Cullen Bryant
When'er I languished in the throes of hopeless grief
Amid the troubles of life's vanity,
Your sweet voice lingered on in me,
Your dear face came to me in dreams.
"To... (Kern)" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

In news:

Last Throes of Cheney's Credibility.
In the throes of truffle fever.
Cheney Stands by His 'Last Throes ' Remark.
It was some 80 years ago that America was in the throes of the Great Depression.
Catherine de Léan in the throes of love, or cat-scratch fever.
San Juan County is in the throes of reviewing its critical areas ordinance.
Toys"R"Us may be in the throes of an intensely competitive holiday season but several recently announced initiatives are designed to position the company for success beyond Christmas 2012.
Many consumers are still recovering from being in the throes of some very challenging economic times.
Roots Manuva In the Throes of it 4everevolution big dada.
In the throes of a romance with Marilyn Manson, Evan Rachel Wood is sitting pretty.
It was in the throes of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" that Michelle Weissgerber realized she was hooked on theater.
In the throes of our country's worst economic time since the Great Depression, "tax resolution" firms advertised heavily on television, promising relief which they could not deliver.
NEW ORLEANS — With the United States in the throes of economic recession, Clean Show organizers anticipated less show participation this year, both from attendees and exhibitors.
We're officially in the throes of summer.
Europe is in the throes of a debt crisis and spiraling toward recession.

In science:

It suggests that stellar evolution processes and stellar deaths may serve as the cradle for the birth and/or rejuvenation of a new generation of planets, rather than just being the death throes or hostile hosts for pre-existing planets.
Second generation planets
It is not uncommon in the throes of analysis to overwrite the values of the base case inputs. Thus, it is important to store a copy of the base case input values in a safe place, along with a copy of the base case output values for reference.
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