Definition of "throstle" [thros•tle]

  • Any of various Old World thrushes, especially a song thrush. (noun)
  • A machine formerly used for spinning fibers such as cotton or wool. (noun)

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Use "throstle" in a sentence
  • "The black oaks jostle and the mistletoe puts up its mitts to vie for the sweet-throated throstle where the black oaks jostle over a back fence and vie for the sweet-throated throstle, seeming no less tense over a back fence than the chestnuts dishing the dirt, seeming no less tense than so many introverts, than the chestnuts dishing the dirt down by the water cooler."
  • "She stepped ashore straightway, and looked up the land and to the right hand and the left, and saw at once that it was indeed the Isle of Queens, and the house stood trim and lovely as of old time; then she longed somewhat to tread the green meadow a little, for yet young was the day, and she saw nought stirring save the throstle and a few small beasts."
  • "Just what one learned from the linnet and the throstle was never disclosed by Wordsworth but that was probably because their lessons were ineffable, like the Beatific Vision."