• WordNet 3.6
    • n threshing the separation of grain or seeds from the husks and straw "they used to do the threshing by hand but now there are machines to do it"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n threshing The operation by which grain is separated from the straw. This operation is performed in various ways, as by the feet of animals, by a flail, or by a threshing-machine. The first mode was that employed in the ages of antiquity, and it is still practised in th south of Europe and in Persia and India. Also thrashin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Threshing the act of beating out grain from the straw: a sound beating or drubbing
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  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. therscan; cog. with Ger. dreschen.


In literature:

Then in the blackness his weight threshed down on her.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Sometimes, as prince of thy harmonious band, Thou wield'st thy papers in thy threshing hand.
"English Satires" by Various
Locke was threshing about and was slowly but surely freeing himself.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Behold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor.
"Famous Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
He threshed for a moment with his arms and then lay quiet.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
The threshers came and threshed the wheat and oats.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
Something was threshing about the trail and coughing horribly.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Threshing and winnowing wheat by piece-work cost 2s.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Then it seemed to her that she heard some giant body threshing around near her; she heard a stifled scream and incoherent mutterings.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She always threshes out questions that arise, to her own satisfaction, if to no one else's.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

In poetry:

All melancholy thoughts to thresh,
Winnow the blissful grain
Of immortality, and sift
From mortal fear and pain.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
MALLO lero iss im bo nero!
Go where they're threshing and find me my lover,
Mallo lero iss im bo bairn!
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
THRESH, thresh, ye oxen, well,
Yea, thresh for us amain;
The straw is yours — to sell :
We'll keep the golden grain.
"Egyptian Lyrics" by E J Rupert Atkinson
While rattles over riven rocks
The thunder, harsh and dry;
And blustering gum and brooding box
Are threshing at the sky!
"Dungog" by Henry Kendall
Yea, but heaven hath ordered duly,
Lest mankind should wax unruly,
Egypt, garner of all lore,
Narrow as a threshing-floor.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
There chanced to be a poor man threshing corn in a barn near by,
Who came out on hearing the noise so high;
And seeing one man defending himself so gallantly,
That he attacked the gipsies with his flail, and made them flee.
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Fun time at threshing show.
Music big part of threshing show.
Farming of Yesteryear threshing show Sept 8-9.
The 2012 Farming of Yesteryear "Old-Time Threshing Show" will be held on Sept 8 and 9 in rural Kiester.
The 56th Annual Almelund Threshing Show treated folks to another great time last weekend (Aug 10-12).
Goessel Threshing Days to debut arrival of a new 'baby.
Take the short drive to Huntley Project and check out the Threshing Bee.
The Threshing Bee is held the third weekend in August at the Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture.
Today is the first day of the Threshing Bee at Huntley Project.
The Threshing Floor Church opens its doors in Isanti.
Donkeys have been used to help humans perform tasks such as threshing and milling for thousands of years.
Volunteers at the annual Tractor and Threshing show at Tracy's Box Car Days demonstrate how farmwork was really like back in the day.
Lloyd and Kathleen enjoyed attending social activities in the community, which included many threshing bees in the area, and family gatherings.
Young boys thresh soybeans by hand in Ruasse.
John Kramer shows a bear skin to a visitor at the Wapiti Historical Rendezvous booth during the 2012 Nowthen Threshing Show.

In science:

The same method is used to find the lasing modes (TLM) at thresh old.
Modes of Random Lasers
As already noted, the set of TLMs only defines thresh old modes, as soon as the first TLM has turned on it will alter the gain medium for the other potential modes through spatial hole-burning and a non-linear approach needs to be considered.
Modes of Random Lasers
In this section we obtain a complete classification of thresh olds of random satisfiability problems, under Molloy’s recent model of random constraint satisfaction problems from (specialized to satisfiability problems, i.e. problems with domain {0, 1}).
Phase Transitions and all that
This latter scenario is referred to as galaxy threshing (Gregg et al. 2003).
Testing MOND with Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxies
Bekki et al. (2003) proposed that UCDs were formed from galaxy “threshing” of dwarf galaxies, where the outer parts of the galaxy were tidally removed, leaving just the nucleus.
Galaxy Groups: Proceedings from a Swinburne University Workshop