• WordNet 3.6
    • v toss agitate "toss the salad"
    • v toss throw or toss with a light motion "flip me the beachball","toss me newspaper"
    • v toss throw carelessly "chuck the ball"
    • v toss move or stir about violently "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
    • v toss lightly throw to see which side comes up "I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!"
    • v toss throw or cast away "Put away your worries"
    • n toss (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team "the pass was fumbled"
    • n toss an abrupt movement "a toss of his head"
    • n toss the act of flipping a coin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Toss A throwing up of the head; a particular manner of raising the head with a jerk.
    • Toss A throwing upward, or with a jerk; the act of tossing; as, the toss of a ball.
    • Toss Hence, to try; to harass. "Whom devils fly, thus is he tossed of men."
    • Toss To agitate; to make restless. "Calm region once,
      And full of peace, now tossed and turbulent."
    • Toss To be tossed, as a fleet on the ocean.
    • Toss To cause to rise and fall; as, a ship tossed on the waves in a storm. "We being exceedingly tossed with a tempest."
    • Toss To keep in play; to tumble over; as, to spend four years in tossing the rules of grammar.
    • Toss To lift or throw up with a sudden or violent motion; as, to toss the head. "He tossed his arm aloft, and proudly told me,
      He would not stay."
    • Toss To roll and tumble; to be in violent commotion; to write; to fling. "To toss and fling, and to be restless, only frets and enrages our pain."
    • Toss To throw with the hand; especially, to throw with the palm of the hand upward, or to throw upward; as, to toss a ball.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom more often.
    • toss In cricket, to bowl (a full-pitch).
    • toss To refine (tin) by fusing it and then causing the molten metal to fall in thin filaments through the air. Oxidizable impurities acted on by the air are separated out and form a scum which is skimmed off, after the stream has come to rest in the receiving vessel.
    • n toss In cricket, a ball bowled so as to reach the batsman before touching the ground;. a full-pitch.
    • toss To lift, heave, or throw up with a sudden, impatient, or spirited movement; jerk: as, to toss one's head.
    • toss To jerk or fling to and fro; heave or pitch up and down or from one place to another; tumble or throw about.
    • toss In mining, to separate (ore) from the gangue by stirring (tossing) the slimes with water in a keeve, and then allowing the heavier, valuable parts to settle, this operation being hastened by packing, or striking the sides of the keeve with an iron bar held vertically with one end resting on the ground, an operation which may be continued from a quarter of an hour to an hour. The packing facilitates the separation of the ore by the vibrating motion imparted to the particles. This process is generally done by hand, but sometimes by a mechanical arrangement. It was formerly somewhat extensively employed in the tin-mining districts of Cornwall, England, and has not entirely gone out of use.
    • toss To cast; pitch; fling; hurl; specifically, to throw with the palm of the hand upward; throw lightly or carelessly.
    • toss Figuratively, to disquiet; agitate; set in commotion, as by shifting opinions, feelings, circumstances, or influences; disturb; disorder.
    • toss To pass from one to another, as in conversation or discussion; bandy.
    • toss To turn over and over; busy one's self with; turn the leaves of, as a book or lesson.
    • toss To toss up with. See to toss up, under II.
    • toss Same as to toss off (which see, below).
    • toss To dress hastily or smartly; trick: with out.
    • toss To dispose of; pass off; while away: said of time.
    • toss To jerk or throw one's self about; roll or tumble about; be restless or uneasy; fling.
    • toss To be flung or rocked about; be kept in motion.
    • toss Same as to toss up (which see, below).
    • n toss A sudden fling or jerk; especially, a quick movement of the head backward or upward.
    • n toss A pitch; a throw: as, the toss of a ball or a coin.
    • n toss The distance over which one tosses anything; a throw.
    • n toss A state of agitation or excitement; a commotion.
    • n toss A toss-up: with reference to a case in which chance decides.
    • n toss The mow or bay of a barn into which grain is put preparatory to threshing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1870s, William Russell Frisbie opened a bakery called the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His lightweight pie tins were embossed with the family name. In the mid-1940s, students at Yale University tossed the empty pie tins as a game.
    • v.t Toss tos to throw up suddenly or violently: to cause to rise and fall: to make restless: to agitate, pass from one to another: to toss up with: to drink off: to dress out smartly
    • v.i Toss to be tossed: to be in violent commotion: to tumble about: to fling
    • n Toss act of throwing upward: a throwing up of the head: confusion, commotion: a toss-up
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a toss up whether it is worse to be old and bent or young and broke.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
  • William Morris Hughes
    William Morris Hughes
    “Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”
  • Arnold Edinborough
    Arnold Edinborough
    “Canada has never been a melting pot; more like a tossed salad.”


Argue the toss - (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
Toss-up - A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. tosiaw, tosio, to jerk, toss, snatch, tos,a quick jerk, a toss, a snatch.


In literature:

He wore a blue cape, which he tossed on a chair.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
It is late when he goes to his room to toss and tumble about restlessly, and feel dissatisfied with the result of his work.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
His thick hair was wind-tossed across his forehead.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Henry stood in the water tossing his arms up and down.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
The little girl's hair was black and wavy, and the wind tossed it upon her shoulders as she looked around.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
The teacher starts the game by tossing the ball to each pupil in turn, and it is immediately tossed back to her.
"Games and Play for School Morale" by Various
Wilbur took it and tossed it into the grate.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
She tossed the beans out of the window, where they fell on the garden-bed below.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Gibson tossed off another glassful of the burning heartener of men, and leaned forward with his elbows on the table.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
She laughed aloud, and tossed him her purse.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina

In poetry:

Nothing so fair, nothing so brief:
The sun leaps up and falls.
The wind tosses every leaf:
Every leaf dies.
"Fair And Brief" by John Freeman
At morn I saw dead crimson leaves
Far o'er the wide world tossed;
And now the lonely Autumn grieves
For all that she has lost.
"In The Night" by Charles Hanson Towne
Give your heart, and toss and moan;
What a pretty fool you look!
I am sage, who sit alone;
Here's my wool, and here's my book.
"Wisdom" by Dorothy Parker
Fierce billows may thy vessel toss,
And crosses curses seem;
But that the curse has fled the cross,
Thy Husband bids thee deem.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Every tear is answered by a blossom,
Every high with songs and laughter blent,
Apple-blooms upon the breezes toss them.
April knows her own, and is content.
"April" by Susan Coolidge
And so she wept the hours away,
And tossed in fever on her bed;
She could not sleep, she could not pray,
She could but wring her hands and say,
“Woe is me, for my sons are dead!”
"The Mother's Lesson" by Menella Bute Smedley

In news:

The DQ was tossed due to insufficient explanation by the turn judge.
Woman witnesses driver toss puppies on road.
Toss the cashews with the soy syrup.
With ties to GOP ticket, Wisconsin joins Ohio and Iowa as toss-up states.
Add coconut milk, baby spinach and potatos Cook for 5-10 more minutes Check seasoning for salt and pepper and serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread.
Host Hugh Jackman selected him to toss him a cane during an upcoming musical number.
In this riff on corn chowder, the Beekman boys toss corn, potatoes and bacon with cider vinegar .
In this riff on corn chowder, the Beekman boys toss corn, potatoes and bacon with cider vinegar.
What to toss and what to keep after a power outage.
I'm down to dismantle the traditional Big Top too -- but what I need to know is whether or not she's tossing the clowns out with the animals.
In almost every home, it seems, folks can't toss out old watches -- whether or not they keep time.
A salad tossed with a red-wine vinaigrette completes dinner.
Toss the beets to coat.
Someone tossed the clippers on top of the roof and there they sit.
Judge tosses lawsuit in stun gun case .

In science:

After N tosses find out where you are on the axis, and your position defines the random variable YN .
Monte Carlo: Basics
Consider now the random variable ¯Y√N = YN /√N ; it is easily verified that its mean is zero and variance is unity, the same as that for the single toss.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Assuming that the initial state is randomly drawn from [0, 1) according to the uniform measure λ, we can use complexity arguments to show that the doubling map’s observable orbit cannot be predicted better than a coin toss.
Algorithmic Chaos
Such sequences by definition cannot be effectively predicted better than a random coin toss, see .
Algorithmic Chaos
Allow a simple random walker to generate observations by tossing, at each move, the coin attached to its current position.
Identifying several biased coins encountered by a hidden random walk