• WordNet 3.6
    • v thresh give a thrashing to; beat hard
    • v thresh beat the seeds out of a grain
    • v thresh move or stir about violently "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
    • v thresh move like a flail; thresh about "Her arms were flailing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thresh 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."
    • v. t. & i Thresh Same as Thrash. "He would thresh , and thereto dike and delve."
    • Thresh 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."
    • Thresh To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
    • Thresh 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
    • thresh In wire-drawing, to raise (a wire rod or bar of small section) high in the air and throw it heavily against a flat smooth plate on the ground in order to straighten it or to loosen the scale and dirt.
    • thresh To beat out or separate the grain or seeds from, by means of a flail or a threshing-machine, or by treading with oxen: in this sense commonly thresh.
    • thresh To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; drub; hence, to beat in any way: in this sense commonly thrash.
    • thresh To practise threshing; beat out grain from straw with a flail or a threshing-machine: in this sense commonly thresh.
    • thresh To beat about; labor; drudge; toil.
    • thresh To throw one's self about; toss to and fro: usually with about: in this sense commonly thrash.
    • n thresh See thrash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thresh thresh (see Thrash)
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  • Sir Richard Burton
    Sir Richard Burton
    “As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.”


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:

I tell you the seeding and planting and mowing and reaping and threshing is all going to be done by machinery and horses.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
I once called at a farm where they had been threshing a wheat stack.
"Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-catcher After 25 Years' Experience" by Ike Matthews
Two men always thresh better than one.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Every household shall keep all instruments and tools fit for the tillage of the Earth, either for planting, reaping or threshing.
"The Digger Movement in the Days of the Commonwealth" by Lewis H. Berens
Cases of threshing and other agricultural operations being carried on at night are becoming more numerous.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
He stopped it suddenly, for he had a way of regaining command of his threshing passions all at once.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
A tramp in ballast, her propeller half out of water, threshed along through the sallow haze.
"Sea Warfare" by Rudyard Kipling
She stood as on a threshing-floor.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
He again noted the tall trees threshing in the wind, and the looming monuments.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
It was so furious that it had beaten down the reeds as a number of mares thresh out the corn.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various

In poetry:

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
The wintry city's granite heart
Beats on in iron mockery,
And like the roaming mountain rains,
I hear the thresh of feet go by.
"A Seamark" by Bliss William Carman
'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
When Uricon the city stood;
'Tis the old wind in the old anger,
But then it threshed another wood.
"XXXI: Wenlock Edge" by A E Housman
The threshing mill was set-up, I knew,
In Cassidy's haggard last night,
And we owed them a day at the threshing
Since last year. O it was delight
"On An Apple-Ripe September Morning" by Patrick Kavanagh
Tho' cruel hands with mighty flail
Have threshed us, yet we have not blenched:
The sea of blood could naught prevail,
That fire is burning, still unquenched.
"Chanukah Thoughts" by Morris Rosenfeld
And other men as I that ploughed before
Shall watch thy harvest, trusting thou mayst reap
Where we have sown, and on your threshing floor
Have honest grain within thy barns to keep.
"The New Husbandman" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Donkeys have been used to help humans perform tasks such as threshing and milling for thousands of years.
Hall was helping Mark and his father, Bob, harvest the eight acres of oats, which will sit for one to two weeks before being threshed.
Makoti celebrating 52nd threshing show.
Anderson's Rock Creek Threshing and Sawing Show.
Get questions answered at the Threshing Show.
There are a lot of comments on my posting on the threshing photos I saw last month at Jamboree.
McLouth Threshing Bee is Aug 7 and 8.
It's almost time for another McLouth Threshing Bee.
Goessel Threshing Days to debut arrival of a new 'baby.
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.
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