Throe (?), n. [OE. rowe, rave, AS. re�xa0; a threatening, oppression, suffering, perhaps influenced by Icel. ra a throe, a pang, a longing; cf. AS. reowian to suffer.]

1.

Extreme pain; violent pang; anguish; agony; especially, one of the pangs of travail in childbirth, or purturition.

Prodogious motion felt, and rueful throes. Milton.

2.

A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.

 

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Throe, v. i.

To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.

 

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Throe, v. t.

To put in agony.

[R.]

Shak.

 

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