threshold

Definitions

  • The young man leaps over the threshold
    The young man leaps over the threshold
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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
    • n 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"
    • n threshold the smallest detectable sensation
    • n threshold a region marking a boundary
    • n threshold the starting point for a new state or experience "on the threshold of manhood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Threshold Fig.: The place or point of entering or beginning, entrance; outset; as, the threshold of life.
    • Threshold 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n threshold The plank, stone, or piece of timber which lies at the bottom of a door, or under it, particularly the door of a dwelling-house, church, temple, or other building; a door-sill; hence, entrance; gate; door.
    • n threshold Hence, the place or point of entering or beginning; outset: as, he is now at the threshold of his argument.
    • n threshold In psychology, the limit below which a given stimulus,' or the difference between two stimuli, ceases to be perceptible. Compare schwelle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Threshold thresh′ōld a piece of wood or stone under the door of a house: door: entrance: the place or point of entering.
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Quotations

  • Dr. Jerome Brunner
    Dr. Jerome Brunner
    “We are only now on the threshold of knowing the range of the educability of man-the perfectibility of man. We have never addressed ourselves to this problem before.”
  • Richard Thalheimer
    Richard Thalheimer
    “People expect a certain reaction from a business and when you pleasantly exceed those expectations, you've somehow passed an important psychological threshold.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock%20Ellis
    “Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    Thomas%20Fuller
    “Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.”
  • Leonard Cohen
    Leonard%20Cohen
    “The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and it's overturned the order of the soul...”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. threswold, þreshwold, AS. þrescwald, þerscwald, þerscold, þrescold, fr. þrescan, þerscan, to thresh; akin to Icel. þreskjöde, þröskuldr, Sw. tröskel, Dan. tærskel,. See Thrash
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. threshwold—A.S. therscwaldtherscan, to thresh, wald, wood.

Usage

In literature:

And when the Giant Fear perceived that Everychild was terrified, he thrust the door open wide and stood on the threshold.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
Randy, arriving at that moment on the threshold, heard her.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
He opened it, to find Mary on the threshold.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
Randy, arriving at that moment on the threshold, heard her.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
As he reached the threshold he heard a little choking cry.
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
She went to it in some trepidation, expecting to find a raging Butterwick on the threshold.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
Overcoming every impulse to fear, the smith approached the threshold steadily, stuck the dirk into it as directed, and entered.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
Receiving no answer he ventured over the threshold, and found himself in the living-room of the house.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
I sat near the door, and I jumped right up and faced him on the threshold.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
For a moment the new-comer stood just inside the threshold.
"The Mystics" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
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In poetry:

And underneath its branches
Is the grave of a little child,
Who died upon life's threshold,
And never wept nor smiled.
"The Haunted Chamber. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Soft music thrilled the quiet room,--
An unseen host were nigh,
Who left the infant pilgrim at
The threshold of our sky.
"A Dream That Was Not All A Dream" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Thou mad'st the hand with which I write,
The eye that watches slow
Through rosy gates that rosy light
Across thy threshold go;
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
One day, a wanderer in the wood
The lonely threshold press'd;
'Twas then that Arthur's humble roof
Had first received a guest.
"A Tale" by John Logan
'Tis they who forge the bolt, when nations chafe
And howl their battle cries of right and wrong;
'Tis they who lead the mighty armies safe
To manhood's threshold, brave and beautiful and strong.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts
Here on the threshold, the dim vestibule
Thou with a faithful hand didst toil to tune
That harp of praise within the unfolding heart
Which 'neath the temple-arch not made with hands
Swells the full anthem of Eternity.
"Miss Delia Woodruff Godding," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Italy's bond yields have passed the dangerous 7% threshold.
"We're going to be the only school that went down in truancy , because (the state) upped the percentage" threshold, Woestman said.
With total financial write-downs breaking through the $100 billion threshold, analysts are now estimating US mortgage losses could reach the $380 billion to $400 billion mark.
Flashing Windowsills & Door Thresholds.
Officials say water levels have dropped below the High Water Ordinance threshold on the lake.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc will reach a symbolic threshold Friday with the opening of its 500th international shop.
As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, none of us knows what 2011 will bring.
The number of Firefox add-on downloads has been steadily increasing since June 2007, finally crossing the 3 billion download threshold today, Mozilla announced.
Conservatives Want To Raise the Medicare Eligibility Threshold To Make It Easier To End Medicare.
In a surprise move, the Fed also adopted numerical thresholds for policy.
E-Rate Requests Cross $5 Billion Threshold.
This should have been the kind of thing that gives pause to a person on the threshold of turning 50.
Threshold's beautifully broken-hearted Three Sisters.
Past a certain threshold, it's not enough to merely give or withhold coverage.
Oxfam said Thursday that the death rates in the West African country are almost double emergency thresholds.
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In science:

Otherwise, d2 is below threshold, and we cannot apply it even though it was above threshold before the application of d1 .
Evaluating Defaults
This density threshold is low compared to measured empirical density thresholds in galaxies (e.g.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
Increasing the density threshold above the resolution threshold induces a delay to the star formation, increasing the gas to stars ratio within each galaxy (K2002).
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
Thus, we determine the threshold for random k-SAT within a factor of two and the threshold for Property B within a small additive constant.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
They also demonstrated a monotone property with a threshold width of Ω(1/ log2 n) and conjectured that this is tight [i.e., the best upper bound on threshold width is O(1/ log2 n)].
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
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