Hypertext Webster Gateway: "through"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Through \Through\, prep. [OE. thurgh, [thorn]urh, [thorn]uruh,
[thorn]oruh, AS. [thorn]urh; akin to OS. thurh, thuru,
OFries. thruch, D. door, OHG. durh, duruh, G. durch, Goth.
[thorn]a['i]rh; cf. Ir. tri, tre, W. trwy. [root]53. Cf.
{Nostril}, {Thorough}, {Thrill}.]
1. From end to end of, or from side to side of; from one
surface or limit of, to the opposite; into and out of at
the opposite, or at another, point; as, to bore through a
piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through
the side of a ship.

2. Between the sides or walls of; within; as, to pass through
a door; to go through an avenue.

Through the gate of ivory he dismissed His valiant
offspring. --Dryden.

3. By means of; by the agency of.

Through these hands this science has passed with
great applause. --Sir W.

Material things are presented only through their
senses. --Cheyne.

4. Over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through
the country; to look through an account.

5. Among or in the midst of; -- used to denote passage; as, a
fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a

6. From the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion
of; as, through life; through the year.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Through \Through\, adv.
1. From one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing

2. From beginning to end; as, to read a letter through.

3. To the end; to a conclusion; to the ultimate purpose; as,
to carry a project through.

Note: Through was formerly used to form compound adjectives
where we now use thorough; as, through-bred;
through-lighted; through-placed, etc.

{To drop through}, to fall through; to come to naught; to

{To fall through}. See under {Fall}, v. i.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Through \Through\, a.
Going or extending through; going, extending, or serving from
the beginning to the end; thorough; complete; as, a through
line; a through ticket; a through train. Also, admitting of
passage through; as, a through bridge.

{Through bolt}, a bolt which passes through all the thickness
or layers of that which it fastens, or in which it is

{Through bridge}, a bridge in which the floor is supported by
the lower chords of the tissues instead of the upper, so
that travel is between the trusses and not over them. Cf.
{Deck bridge}, under {Deck}.

{Through cold}, a deep-seated cold. [Obs.] --Holland.

{Through stone}, a flat gravestone. [Scot.] [Written also
{through stane}.] --Sir W. Scott.

{Through ticket}, a ticket for the whole journey.

{Through train}, a train which goes the whole length of a
railway, or of a long route.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having finished or arrived at completion; "certain to make
history before he's done"; "it's a done deed"; "after
the treatment, the patient is through except for
follow-up"; "almost through with his studies" [syn: {done},
{through with(p)}]
2: of a route or journey etc.; continuing without requiring
stops or changes; "a through street"; "a through bus";
"through traffic" [syn: {through(a)}]
adv 1: from one end or side to the other; "jealousy pierced her
2: from beginning to end; "read this book through"
3: over the whole distance; "this bus goes through to New York"
4: to completion; "think this through very carefully!"
5: in diameter; "this cylinder measures 15 inches through"
6: throughout the entire extent; "got soaked through in the
rain"; "I'm frozen through"; "a letter shot through with
the writer's personality"; "knew him through and through";
"boards rotten through and through" [syn: {through and

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