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Strong's #1546 - ἐκβολή

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G1544)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. a casting out
  2. the throwing overboard of goods and lading whereby sailors lighten a ship in a storm to keep her from sinking
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1644 ‑ גָּרַשׁ (gaw‑rash');  2904 ‑ טוּל (tool);  3318 ‑ יָצָא (yaw‑tsaw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἐκβολ-ή, ἡ, (ἐκβάλλω)


1. throwing out, ψήφων ἐ. casting the votes out of the urn, A. Eu. 748.

2. jettisoning of cargo, Id. Th. 769 (lyr.), Arist. EN 1110a9, Acts 27:18 (but simply, unloading, Sammelb. 1207): metaph., ἐ. τῆς δόξης casting out of it, getting rid of it, Pl. Sph. 230b, R. 412e; ἐ. ἐλέου Aphth. Prog. 7, cf. Diog.Oen. 4.


1. expulsion, banishment, A. Supp. 421 (lyr., pl.); μετὰ τὴν τῶν τυράννων ἐ. Arist. Pol. 1275b36; ἐκβολαὶ ἐκ τῆς πόλεως Pl. Lg. 847b; dislodgement, ejection, Plb. 4.8.4.

2. divorce, repudiation, γυναικός Lib. Decl. 26.45.


1. letting fall or drop, δακρύων ἐκβολαί E. HF 742 (lyr.); . [ὀδόντων] casting or shedding of teeth, Arist. GA 789a15. expulsion of a foetus, Hp. Mul. 1.78.

2. ἐ. σίτου the time when the corn comes into ear, Th. 4.1.

3. shoot, καυλοῦ Dsc. 3.114.

1. putting out of a joint, dislocation, ἐκβολαὶ τῶν ἄρθρων Plu. 2.164f. putting forth, exposing, μαστῶν Plb. 2.56.7. debouchure, outlet, ἐ. Πηνειοῦ Hdt. 7.128; mouth of a river, in pl., Th. 2.102; in sg., Id. 7.35, Pl. Phd. 113a: pass leading out of a chain of mountains, αἱ ἐκβολαὶ τοῦ Κιθαιρῶνος Hdt. 9.38.

2. by-way, ἐ. ἐκ τῆς ὁδοῦ τῆς εὐθείας Paus. 3.10.7: metaph., ἐ. λόγου digression, Th. 1.97, Philostr. Her. 19.14 (pl.), etc.

3. close of a verse, Eust. 900.24.

4. projection, στόματος a snout, Philostr.Jun. Im. 12. (from Pass.),

1. that which is cast out, δικέλλης ἐ. earth thrown up by a mattock, upcast, S. Ant. 250; οὐρεία ἐ. children cast or exposed on the mountains, E. Hec. 1079 (anap.).

2. cargo thrown overboard, jetsam, πλὴν ἐκβολῆς, ἣν ἂν..ἐκβάλωνται Syngr. ap. D. 35.11; so ἐκβολαὶ νεώς wrecked seamen, E. IT 1424. in Music, interval of five διέσεις, Plu. 2.1141b, Bacch. Harm. 42, Aristid.Quint. 1.10. = cross ἐκβολάς I, Str. 14.5.28.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἐκβολή, ἐκβολης, (ἐκβάλλω);

a. a casting out.

b. specifically, the throwing overboard of goods and lading whereby sailors lighten a ship in a storm to keep her from sinking (Aeschylus sept. 769; Aristotle, eth. Nic. 3, 1, 5 (p. 1110{a}, 9); Lucian, de merc. cond. 1): ποιεῖσθαι ἐκβολήν, Latinjacturam facere, to throw the cargo overboard, Acts 27:18; with τῶν σκευῶν added, the Sept. Jonah 1:5; τῶν φορτιων, Pollux 1, 99, p. 70, Hemsterh edition.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἐκ -βολή , -ῆς

(< ἐκβάλλω ),

[in LXX: Exodus 11:1 (H1644), Joshua 1:5 (ἐκβολὴν ποιεῖσθαι , טול hi.), Ezekiel 47:8 (H3318)*;]

1. a throwing out.

2. a jettison, a throwing overboard of cargo: Acts 27:18 (cf. Jos, l.c.; and v. Field, Notes, 144 f.).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

With the use of ἐκβολὴν ποιεῖσθαι = ";jettison"; in Acts 27:18, cf. the directions on the back of a mummy-ticket, Preisigke 2052, ἐκβολὴν ποιῆσαι ἰς ὅρμον κώμης Ἔμμαυ : so ib. 1207. In P Hib I. 110 recto.9 (c. B.C. 270) the word is found in a very broken context, and in BGU IV. 1116.13 (B.C. 13) we have ̣π ̣ι ̣βολῆς καὶ ἐγβολῆς. See also CP Herm I. 127ii. 11 (p 79), and for medical usage cf. Hobart, p. 143.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
εκβολή εκβολην εκβολήν ἐκβολὴν εκβρασμός εξέβρασα ekbolen ekbolēn ekbolḕn
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