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throwst, v.

Brit. /θrəʊst/
U.S. /θroʊst/
Forms:  16–17 throst, 18– throwst. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by back-formation. Etymon: throwster n.
Etymology: Back-formation < throwster n.
Compare earlier throw v.1 8a   and thrower n. 2a.
Now hist. and rare.

  transitive. To process (silk) for use in textile manufacture by twisting silk filaments into raw silk, or by twisting together two or more single threads or yarns of silk to form silk thread or yarn; = throw v.1 8a.

1691   W. Sewel New Dict. Eng. & Dutch at Reeden   Zy-Reeden, to Throst silk.
1832   J. H. Cobb Man. Mulberry Tree iii. 44   Mr Du Ponceau sent me some of the silk reeled by Mr D'Homergue... I had it throwsted by Mr Brown.
1839   Mem. Exec. Comm. Amer. Silk Soc. 17 in U.S. Congress. Serial Set (25th Congr., 3rd Sess.: Senate Doc. 205) III   One of the first frames ever built in Massachusetts for throwsting silk is now in his factory at Dedham.
1975   R. J. W. Hammond Compl. Cotswolds & Shakespeare Country 109   Stone cottages..look down on streams which once turned many mill-wheels when women and children throwsted silk for Coventry ribbon-weavers.

1691—1975(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).