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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.
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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

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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The study door flew open, the little red wrapper appeared on the threshold, joy put strength into the feeble limbs, and Beth ran straight into her father's arms.
No sooner were these females seated, than their attendant sprang lightly into the saddle of the war-horse, when the whole three bowed to Webb, who in courtesy, awaited their parting on the threshold of his cabin and turning their horses' heads, they proceeded at a slow amble, followed by their train, toward the northern entrance of the encampment.
They had barely crossed the threshold of this treasure-house, to find themselves rich men; what possibilities of affluence might be theirs when they had fully exploited their possessions?
Under this arched doorway, scraping their feet on the unworn threshold, now trod the clergymen, the elders, the magistrates, the deacons, and whatever of aristocracy there was in town or county.
It went with me on my sea-shore walks and rambles into the country, whenever -- which was seldom and reluctantly -- I bestirred myself to seek that invigorating charm of Nature which used to give me such freshness and activity of thought, the moment that I stepped across the threshold of the Old Manse.
The day was gray enough, but the afternoon light still lingered, and it enabled me, on crossing the threshold, not only to recognize, on a chair near the wide window, then closed, the articles I wanted, but to become aware of a person on the other side of the window and looking straight in.
If that double-bolted land, Japan, is ever to become hospitable, it is the whale-ship alone to whom the credit will be due; for already she is on the threshold.
Over this lip, as over a slippery threshold, we now slide into the mouth.
Several times I stumbled over the threshold, and could scarcely see where I was going.
He saw Jurgis as he crossed the threshold, and turned white.
Just as we stepped across the threshold the executioner gave his machine a slight turn, which wrung a cry from both the prisoner and the woman; but I shouted, and the executioner released the strain without waiting to see who spoke.
In the front rooms of dwellings girls and women were cooking or spinning, and ducks and chickens were waddling in and out, over the threshold, picking up chance crumbs and holding pleasant converse; a very old and wrinkled man sat asleep before his door, with his chin upon his breast and his extinguished pipe in his lap; soiled children were playing in the dirt everywhere along the lane, unmindful of the sun.