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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thrashverb

    a swimming kick used while treading water

  2. thrash, thresh, lam, flailverb

    give a thrashing to; beat hard

  3. convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitateverb

    move or stir about violently

    "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"

  4. slam dance, slam, mosh, thrashverb

    dance the slam dance

  5. thrashverb

    beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all

  6. thrashverb

    move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation

    "The system is thrashing again!"

  7. thrash, threshverb

    beat the seeds out of a grain

  8. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lickverb

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    "We licked the other team on Sunday!"


  1. thrashnoun

    A beat or blow; the sound of beating.

  2. thrashnoun

    A particularly aggressive and intense form of heavy metal music with a focus on speed, technical precision, and alternate picking.

  3. thrashverb

    To beat mercilessly.

  4. thrashverb

    To defeat utterly.

  5. thrashverb

    To thresh.

  6. thrashverb

    To move about wildly or violently; to flail.

  7. thrashverb

    To extensively test a software system, giving a program various inputs and observing the behavior and outputs that result.

  8. thrashverb

    In computer architecture, to cause poor performance of a virtual memory (or paging) system.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Thrashverb

    Etymology: ðarscan , Saxon; derschen, Dutch.

    First thrash the corn, then after burn the straw. William Shakespeare.

    Gideon threshed wheat to hide it. Judg. viii. 11.

    Here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments for wood. 2 Sam. xxiv. 22.

    In the sun your golden grain display,
    And thrash it out, and winnow it by day. Dryden.

    This is to preserve the ends of the bones from an incalescency, which they being hard bodies would contract from a swift motion; such as that of running or threshing. John Ray.

    Out of your clover well dried in the sun, after the first threshing, get what seed you can. John Mortimer.

    Thou scurvy valiant ass! thou art here but to thrash Trojans, and thou art bought and sold among those of any wit like a Barbarian slave. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

  2. To Thrashverb

    To labour; to drudge.

    I rather wou’d be Mevius, thresh for rhimes
    Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times,
    Than that Philippick fatally divine,
    Which is inscrib’d the second, should be mine. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrashverb

    alt. of Thresh

  2. Thrashverb

    alt. of Thresh

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thrash

    thrash, v.t. to heat out grain from the straw, to beat soundly—also Thresh.—ns. Thrash′er, Thresh′er; Thrash′ing, Thresh′ing, the act of beating out grain from the straw: a sound beating or drubbing; Thrash′ing-floor, Thresh′ing-floor, a floor on which grain is thrashed; Thrash′ing-machine′, -mill, a machine or apparatus for thrashing corn. [A.S. therscan; cog. with Ger. dreschen.]

  2. Thrash

    thrash, n. (Scot.) a rush.—Also Thresh.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. thrash

    To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything useful. Paging or swapping systems that are overloaded waste most of their time moving data into and out of core (rather than performing useful computation) and are therefore said to thrash. Someone who keeps changing his mind (esp. about what to work on next) is said to be thrashing. A person frantically trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending enough time on any single task) may also be described as thrashing. Compare multitask.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrash in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of thrash in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Mehta:

    Today life is going through unstable paces, animals slaved in cages and food exhibited in show-cases. We eat thrash, our language is brash, life is a dash and humanity is about to crash. Black is cash, party is a bash and cleansing is just a splash. Wake up, come back to nature or else a human being will just be reduced to a caricature . Let your life be naturalized, get MickeyMized.

  2. Abdel Samad:

    The Libyans thrash us.

  3. Abdul Majeed:

    While in the stream he once again pointed his revolver at us and fearing that he may shoot directly at us, I threw a stone at him, some of us did thrash him... because he had given us a tough time. But later we handed him over to the army personnel.

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