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throw

1. an act or result of throwing dice
2. 
a. the eccentricity of a cam
b. the radial distance between the central axis of a crankshaft and the axis of a crankpin forming part of the shaft
3. a sheet of fabric used for draping over an easel or unfinished painting, etc., to keep the dust off
4. Geology the vertical displacement of rock strata at a fault
5. Physics the deflection of a measuring instrument as a result of a sudden fluctuation

throw

[thrō]
(engineering)
The scattering of fragments in a blasting operation.
(geology)
The vertical component of dip separation on a fault, or generally the amount of vertical displacement on any fault.
(mechanical engineering)
The maximum diameter of the circle moved by a rotary part.
(computer science)

throw

1. The horizontal or vertical axial distance an airstream travels after leaving an air outlet to the point where the airstream velocity is reduced to a specific value; also called blow.
2. The effective distance between a lighting fixture and the area being lighted.
3. The maximum distance that a bolt projects when it is fully extended.
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Both fission and fusion reactions involving atomic nuclei throw off energetic debris in the form of fragments of nuclei.
Many stars that throw off their outer layers form planetary nebulas, more or less spherical clouds of ionized gas inside which the parent star resides.
Moulias suggests two possible explanations for the data: The neurotransmitter disturbances of autism may somehow throw off the immune system, or the immune system disturbance they saw could be a factor in causing autism.