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.


  1. threshold

    Threshold is a point or level where something begins, changes, or is reached. It can refer to the minimum or maximum amount, value, or quality required to trigger a certain action, decision, or change. In various contexts, a threshold can be a boundary, limit, or a critical point that must be surpassed or met for a specific outcome or consequence to occur.

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. Laura Berger:

    So it is an extraordinary situation, and it's an extreme situation. And it's a situation where my organization has criticized the government for overreaching and for invoking the act, even though we don't feel the situation meets the very high threshold required at law to declare a national emergency.

  2. Alex Mills:

    The pain is at a threshold right now. People are now willing to sit down and talk about possible remedies to that pain.

  3. 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.

  4. Costi Sifri:

    The new variants raise the question : Is that( 85 % threshold) still enough ?

  5. Salim Abdool Karim:

    We would start by vaccinating about 100,000 individuals in the first step. We would look at the hospitalization rates once we've done those vaccinations. And if we find that the hospitalization rates are below the threshold -- that we are looking at -- then we can be confident that the vaccine is efficacious... and if so, we can then proceed to continuing the rollout, if we find that the hospitalizations are substantial -- more than we anticipated -- then we would have to stop, take stock of where we are and perhaps switch to other vaccines.

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