• WordNet 3.6
    • v thrash beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
    • v thrash give a thrashing to; beat hard
    • v thrash beat the seeds out of a grain
    • v thrash move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation "The system is thrashing again!"
    • v thrash beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
    • v thrash move or stir about violently "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
    • v thrash dance the slam dance
    • n thrash a swimming kick used while treading water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrash Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently. "I rather would be Mævius, thrash for rhymes,
      Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times."
    • Thrash To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off, as the kernels of grain; as, to thrash wheat, rye, or oats; to thrash over the old straw. "The wheat was reaped, thrashed , and winnowed by machines."
    • Thrash To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
    • Thrash To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw; as, a man who thrashes well.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thrash See thresh.
    • n thrash A rush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Thrash thrash to heat out grain from the straw, to beat soundly—also Thresh
    • n Thrash thrash (Scot.) a rush
    • Thrash Also Thresh
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þreschen, þreshen, to beat, AS. þerscan, þrescan,; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G. dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel. þreskja, Sw. tröska, Dan. tærske, Goth. þriskan, Lith. traszketi, to rattle, Russ. treskate, to burst, crackle, tresk', a crash, OSlav. troska, a stroke of lighting. Cf. Thresh


In literature:

Dan had learnt to "come and be thrashed," when such was necessary and he was summoned in those most ominous of words.
"'Murphy'" by Major Gambier-Parry
Instruct the pupils to rub the ripened seed pods between the hands until the seeds are thrashed out, at the same time blowing away the chaff.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The soldiers were so mad they strung him up and thrashed him nearly to death.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
She certainly did not want to do anything that Jacob would get a thrashing for.
"Lisbeth Longfrock" by Hans Aanrud
He deserves a good thrashing.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
But oh, how many thrashings do they get when their tricks are found out!
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The next morning, when the master came down, he thrashed Kerry within an inch of his life.
"Pussy and Doggy Tales" by Edith Nesbit
Last fall you thrashed out quite a big harvest.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
The little girl had been thrashing about in the bed and whimpering for "daddy" since eight o'clock.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Then we'll thrash out the situation.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

A tar, but poorly prized,
Long, shambling, and unsightly,
Thrashed, bullied, and despised,
Was wretched JOE GOLIGHTLY.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The wind come blustering at the door,
The whipped white lilac thrash the wall;
The candle flame upon the floor
Crept between shadows magical....
"Lambourn Town" by John Freeman
Her father incessantly lashed her,
On water and bread
She was grudgingly fed;
Whenever her father he thrashed her
Her mother sat down on her head.
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I have seen him some poor ancient thrashing
Into something (God save us!) more dry,
With the Water of Life itself washing
The life out of earth, sea, and sky.
"The Flying Dutchman" by James Russell Lowell
The question, gentlemen—is one of liquor.
You ask for guidance—this is my reply:
He says, when tipsy, he would thrash and kick her.
Let's make him tipsy, gentlemen, and try!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He watch’d the liner’s stem ploughing the foam,
He felt her trembling speed and the thrash of her screw.
He heard the passengers’ voices talking of home,
He saw the flag she flew.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

There was no miracle comeback for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday as they were thrashed 35-9 by a New York Jets team that are showing flashes of their top form from seasons past.
Despite the sound thrashing it took from the champion a year ago, it maintains the unrufflable demeanor of a machine, which of course it is.
Hunks of dismembered body parts stolen from local graveyards are demonized with evil passages from ancient thrash texts.
There's no attitude, no blaring thrash metal, and no pressure—just guys who really like the stuff they sell.
Might be a mere duo (Carley plays a vintage hollow body guitar, Jonny thrashes the drums and they both sing) but they play hard enough for a full band.
In the ring, two young hopefuls are thrashing each other around.
It was the Jets' 38–7 thrashing of the Bills on January 2, thanks to the always-brilliant quarterbacking of Mark Brunell.
Sao Paulo thrashed Universidad de Chile 5-0 on Wednesday to advance to the Copa Sudamericana semifinals with a 7-0 aggregate score.
Wizards thrashed in Philly, drop to 2-15.
ROME (AP) — Chasing its first title since Diego Maradona played for the club, Napoli thrashed 10-man Pescara 5-1 Sunday to move back within two points of Serie A leader Juventus.
PSG thrashes shoddy Dinamo Zagreb.
Stocks are edging down in midday trading on Wall Street as lawmakers seek to thrash out a budget agreement.
Misty Figueroa with Johnny Thrash.
Music rang out, sang out and thrashed out around town Saturday.
Thirty years and counting, Anthrax brings its thrash metal to Louisville.

In science:

Although such effects are well known in the form of cache thrashing and aliasing conflicts, they become more severe when memory access is involved.
Data access optimizations for highly threaded multi-core CPUs with multiple memory controllers
First, if the 1D domain size is a multiple of 64 (minus two boundary layers), the well-known cache thrashing effects are ruinous.
Data access optimizations for highly threaded multi-core CPUs with multiple memory controllers
In addition, repeating sleeps resulted in many unnecessary spins, burned CPU and provokes CPU thrashing.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Frequent origin of long latch holding time distribution tails is so-called CPU thrashing.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Common advice to prevent CPU thrashing is to tune SQL in order to reduce CPU consumption.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace