Throat (thrōt), n. [OE. throte,
AS. þrote, þrotu; akin to OHG. drozza, G.
drossel; cf. OFries. & D. stort. Cf. Throttle.]
1. (Anat.) (a) The part of the
neck in front of, or ventral to, the vertebral column.
(b) Hence, the passage through it to the stomach and
lungs; the pharynx; -- sometimes restricted to the fauces.
I can vent clamor from my throat.
2. A contracted portion of a vessel, or of a
passage way; as, the throat of a pitcher or vase.
3. (Arch.) The part of a chimney between the
gathering, or portion of the funnel which contracts in ascending, and the
4. (Naut.) (a) The upper
fore corner of a boom-and-gaff sail, or of a staysail.
(b) That end of a gaff which is next the mast.
(c) The angle where the arm of an anchor is joined to
the shank. Totten.
5. (Shipbuilding) The inside of a timber
6. (Bot.) The orifice of a tubular organ;
the outer end of the tube of a monopetalous corolla; the faux, or
Throat brails (Naut.), brails attached to
the gaff close to the mast. -- Throat halyards
(Naut.), halyards that raise the throat of the gaff. --
Throat pipe (Anat.), the windpipe, or
trachea. -- To give one the lie in his throat,
to accuse one pointedly of lying abominably. -- To lie in
one's throat, to lie flatly or abominably.
Throat, v. t. 1. To
utter in the throat; to mutter; as, to throat threats. [Obs.]
2. To mow, as beans, in a direction against their
bending. [Prov. Eng.]