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thresh·old

 (thrĕsh′ōld′, -hōld′)
n.
1. A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill.
2. Either end of an airport runway.
3. The place or point of beginning; the outset: on the threshold of a new era.
4. The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to elicit a response: a low threshold of pain.

[Middle English thresshold, from Old English therscold, threscold; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

threshold

(ˈθrɛʃəʊld; ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊld)
n
1. (Building) Also called: doorsill a sill, esp one made of stone or hardwood, placed at a doorway
2. any doorway or entrance
3. the starting point of an experience, event, or venture: on the threshold of manhood.
4. (Psychology) psychol the strength at which a stimulus is just perceived: the threshold of consciousness. Compare absolute threshold, difference threshold
5.
a. a level or point at which something would happen, would cease to happen, or would take effect, become true, etc
b. (as modifier): threshold price; threshold effect.
6. (General Physics)
a. the minimum intensity or value of a signal, etc, that will produce a response or specified effect: a frequency threshold.
b. (as modifier): a threshold current.
7. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (modifier) designating or relating to a pay agreement, clause, etc, that raises wages to compensate for increases in the cost of living
[Old English therscold; related to Old Norse threskoldr, Old High German driscubli, Old Swedish thriskuldi]

thresh•old

(ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld)

n.
1. the sill of a doorway.
2. the entrance to a house or building.
3. any point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new career.
4. Also called limen. the point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect: the threshold of consciousness; a low threshold of pain.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English threscold, threscwald, c. Old Norse threskǫldr; akin to thresh in old sense “trample, tread”; -old, -wald unexplained]

threshold

The beginning of that portion of the runway usable for landing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.threshold - the starting point for a new state or experiencethreshold - the starting point for a new state or experience; "on the threshold of manhood"
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
2.threshold - the smallest detectable sensation
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
absolute threshold - the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold - the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect
3.threshold - the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or buildingthreshold - the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close; "he stuck his head in the doorway"
casing, case - the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
door - a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle; "he knocked on the door"; "he slammed the door as he left"
doorcase, doorframe - the frame that supports a door
doorsill, doorstep, threshold - the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"
exterior door, outside door - a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building
wall - an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure; "the south wall had a small window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
4.threshold - the sill of a doorthreshold - the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway
doorway, room access, door, threshold - the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close; "he stuck his head in the doorway"
sill - structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
5.threshold - a region marking a boundarythreshold - a region marking a boundary    
bound, boundary, edge - a line determining the limits of an area

threshold

noun
1. entrance, doorway, door, doorstep, sill, doorsill He stopped at the threshold of the bedroom.
2. start, beginning, opening, dawn, verge, brink, outset, starting point, inception We are on the threshold of a new era in astronomy.
start end, close, finish, decline, twilight
3. limit, margin, starting point, minimum She has a low threshold of boredom, and needs constant stimulation.
Related words
adjective liminal

threshold

noun
A transitional interval beyond which some new action or different state of affairs is likely to begin or occur:
Translations
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tærskeltærskelværdibundgrænsedørtærskeldørtin
alarajaaloituspistekynnyskynnysarvo
seuilseuiller
küszöb
byrjun, upphafòröskuldur
slenkstis
sākumsslieksnis
prah
prag

threshold

[ˈθreʃhəʊld]
A. N
1. (= doorway) → umbral m
2. (fig) → umbral m, puertas fpl
to be on the threshold ofestar en el umbral or a las puertas de
pain thresholdumbral m de dolor
sound thresholdumbral m sonoro
to have a low pain thresholdtener poca tolerancia del dolor
B. CPD threshold agreement Nconvenio m de nivel crítico
threshold price Nprecio m umbral, precio m mínimo

threshold

[ˈθrɛʃhəʊld] n
[building, room] → seuil m
(= level) → seuil m (= minimum level) → seuil m minimum
boredom threshold
She has a low boredom threshold → Elle s'ennuit facilement.
(= verge) to be on the threshold of sth [+ new era, new life] → être au seuil de qchthreshold agreement n (ECONOMICS)accord m d'indexation des salaires

threshold

n (lit, fig, Psych) → Schwelle f; (of door also)Türschwelle f; on the thresholdan der Schwelle; we are on the threshold of a great discoverywir stehen unmittelbar an der Schwelle zu einer großen Entdeckung; to have a high/low pain thresholdeine hohe/niedrige Schmerzschwelle haben

threshold

[ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊld] n (also) (fig) → soglia
to be on the threshold of (fig) → essere sulla soglia di

threshold

(ˈθreʃəuld) noun
1. (a piece of wood or stone under) a doorway forming the entrance to a house etc. He paused on the threshold and then entered.
2. beginning. She is on the threshold of a brilliant career.

thresh·old

n. umbral.
1. grado mínimo necesario de un estímulo para producir un efecto;
2. dosis mínima que puede producir un efecto;
absolute ______ absoluto;
auditory ______ auditivo;
renal ______ renal;
sensory ______ sensorial;
___ dosedosis mínima;
___ of consciousness___ de la consciencia.

threshold

n umbral m; auditory — umbral de audición; pain — umbral de(l) dolor
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But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-hush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
I could not but wonder what this ferocious-looking monstrosity might do when left alone in such close proximity to such a relatively tender morsel of meat; but my fears were groundless, as the beast, after surveying me intently for a moment, crossed the room to the only exit which led to the street, and lay down full length across the threshold.
Our story must therefore await Miss Hepzibah at the threshold of her chamber; only presuming, meanwhile, to note some of the heavy sighs that labored from her bosom, with little restraint as to their lugubrious depth and volume of sound, inasmuch as they could be audible to nobody save a disembodied listener like ourself.
Under its sign-board, over the threshold, a man with a crabbed-looking face was standing, seemingly plunged in unpleasant thought, if the wrinkles on his forehead and the knitting of his brows were any indication.
With thy dear name as text, though bidden by thee, I can not write-I can not speak or think-- Alas, I can not feel; for 'tis not feeling, This standing motionless upon the golden Threshold of the wide-open gate of dreams, Gazing, entranced, adown the gorgeous vista, And thrilling as I see, upon the right, Upon the left, and all the way along, Amid empurpled vapors, far away To where the prospect terminates-thee only!
young Spring Lies on the threshold of maternity, And still he comes not.
When Princess Mary returned to her room after her nocturnal talk with Pierre, Natasha met her on the threshold.
He sat down upon the threshold of ash-wood just inside the doors leading from the outer to the inner court, and against a bearing-post of cypress-wood which the carpenter had skilfully planed, and had made to join truly with rule and line.
It was the idea of the beholders that these figures went to join the mysterious funeral that had halted in front of the Province House; yet that supposition seemed to be contradicted by the air of triumph with which they waved their hands, as they crossed the threshold and vanished through the portal.
Beaufort was receiving on the threshold of the crimson drawing-room.
from an English gentleman in the party checked the adventurer, and then we were informed that so dire a profanation is it for a Christian dog to set foot upon the sacred threshold of a Moorish mosque that no amount of purification can ever make it fit for the faithful to pray in again.
But he persuaded her into a broken statement, beautiful to him, charged with extreme excitement as she spoke of the dark red fire, and the smoke twined round it, making him feel that he had stepped over the threshold into the faintly lit vastness of another mind, stirring with shapes, so large, so dim, unveiling themselves only in flashes, and moving away again into the darkness, engulfed by it.