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Through Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    through 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
  3. from one end or side to the other; "jealousy pierced her through"
  4. from beginning to end; "read this book through"
  5. over the whole distance; "this bus goes through to New York"
  6. to completion; "think this through very carefully!"
  7. in diameter; "this cylinder measures 15 inches through"
  8. 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 through}]
Through Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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]5
  1. Cf. Nostril, Thorough, Thrill.]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. By means of; by the agency of. Through these hands this science has passed with great applause. --Sir W. Temple. Material things are presented only through their senses. --Cheyne.
  5. Over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through the country; to look through an account.
  6. Among or in the midst of; -- used to denote passage; as, a fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a thicket.
  7. From the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion of; as, through life; through the year.
Through Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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    Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Through'

    In grammar, a preposition is a part of speech that introduces a prepositional phrase. For example, in the sentence "The cat sleeps on the sofa", the word "on" is a preposition, introducing the prepositional phrase "on the sofa". In English, the most used prepositions are "of", "to", "in", "for", "with" and "on". Simply put, a preposition indicates a relation between things mentioned in a sentence. Many style guides instruct that prepositions should not be placed at the end of a sentence unless it is necessary to maintain sentence structure or avoid awkward phrasing.

    In many languages (e.g. Urdu, Turkish, Hindi and Japanese), the words that serve the role of prepositions come after, not before, the dependent noun phrase. Such words are commonly called postpositions; similarly, circumpositions consist of two parts that appear on both sides of the dependent noun phrase. The technical term used to refer collectively to prepositions, postpositions, and circumpositions is adposition. In more technical language, an adposition is an element that, prototypically, combines syntactically with a phrase and indicates how that phrase should be interpreted in the surrounding context. Some linguists use the word "preposition" instead of "adposition" for all three cases.

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    * If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. - Isaac Asimov

    * One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. - Isaac Asimov

    * The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. - Jean Paul

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