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thresh·old  (thrshld, -hld)
1. A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill.
2. An entrance or a doorway.
3. The place or point of beginning; the outset.
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 ter-1 in Indo-European roots.]

threshold (ˈθrɛʃəʊld; ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊld)
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 Compare absolute threshold, difference threshold: the threshold of consciousness.
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)

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]

The beginning of that portion of the runway usable for landing.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
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

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 [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 qch
threshold agreement n (ECONOMICS)accord m d'indexation des salaires

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.

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;  ___ dose → dosis mínima;  ___ of consciousness → ___ de la consciencia.

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Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers, and present it to the reader.
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.
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