What does threshold mean?

Definitions for threshold
ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊldthresh·old

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thresholdnoun

    the starting point for a new state or experience

    "on the threshold of manhood"

  2. threshold, limennoun

    the smallest detectable sensation

  3. doorway, door, room access, thresholdnoun

    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"

  4. doorsill, doorstep, thresholdnoun

    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

  5. brink, threshold, vergenoun

    a region marking a boundary


  1. thresholdnoun

    The bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter; a sill.

  2. thresholdnoun

    An entrance

  3. thresholdnoun

    The start of the landing area of a runway

  4. thresholdnoun

    The quantitative point at which an action is triggered, especially a lower limit

  5. thresholdnoun

    The wage or salary at which income tax becomes due

  6. thresholdnoun

    The outset of an action or project

  7. thresholdnoun

    The point where one mentally or physically is vulnerable in response to provocation or to particular things in general. As in emotions, stress, or pain.

  8. thresholdnoun

    The point of beginning or entry

    From all the pressure my partner has been through lately, his emotion threshold has suddenly gotten pretty low these days. I can tell because he easily loses it when he is around people or hears about anything to do with his concerns.

  9. Etymology: From þrescold, from þrescan

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thresholdnoun

    The ground or step under the door; entrance; gate; door.

    Etymology: ðrescwald , Saxon.

    Fair marching forth in honourable wise,
    Him at the threshold met she well did enterprize. Edmund Spenser.

    Many men, that stumble at the threshold,
    Are well foretold that danger lurks within. William Shakespeare.

    Not better
    Than still at hell’s dark threshold t’ have sat watch,
    Unnam’d, undreaded, and thy self half starv’d? John Milton.

    Before the starry threshold of Jove’s court
    My mansion is, where those immortal shapes
    Of bright aereal spirits live inspher’d
    In regions mild, of calm and serene air. John Milton.

    There sought the queen’s apartment, stood before
    The peaceful threshold, and besieg’d the door. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thresholdnoun

    the plank, stone, or piece of timber, which lies under a door, especially of a dwelling house, church, temple, or the like; the doorsill; hence, entrance; gate; door

  2. Thresholdnoun

    fig.: The place or point of entering or beginning, entrance; outset; as, the threshold of life


  1. Threshold

    Threshold is a progressive metal band, formed in Surrey, UK in the late 1980s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Threshold

    thresh′ōld, n. a piece of wood or stone under the door of a house: door: entrance: the place or point of entering. [M. E. threshwold—A.S. therscwaldtherscan, to thresh, wald, wood.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. threshold

    The beginning of that portion of the runway usable for landing.

Editors Contribution

  1. threshold

    An income amount or range created in legislation that defines the just, fair and specific income amount when tax must be paid at a just, fair and specific rate using data, facts information, research and statistics to prove the tax rate.

    The threshold is easily achieved to ensure the grant iss able to be applied for.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 24, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'threshold' in Nouns Frequency: #2777

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of threshold in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of threshold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of threshold in a Sentence

  1. Lynda Buel:

    For the low-level criminal, the benefit far outweighs the risk, since the threshold for a misdemeanor offense is $ 950 -- meaning that a person can steal up to that amount and only be charged with a misdemeanor.

  2. Deutsche Wohnen:

    Vonovia has waived the minimum acceptance threshold and all other closing conditions of its takeover offer to the shareholders of Deutsche Wohnen.

  3. Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.

  4. Bob Falcon:

    The charitable deduction will be used more heavily to help married couples to get over the $ 24,000 threshold, i will probably itemize.

  5. Alexandre Baradez:

    At $72 a barrel, we're well below the pain threshold for many companies in the sector, as well as many exporting countries such as Iran, Libya or Russia, however, it's a pretty good news for the energy-hungry sectors such as airlines.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. proprietary
    • B. extroversive
    • C. incumbent
    • D. defiant

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