• WordNet 3.6
    • n thresher large pelagic shark of warm seas with a whiplike tail used to round up small fish on which to feed
    • n thresher a farm machine for separating seeds or grain from the husks and straw
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thresher (Zoöl) A large and voracious shark (Alopias vulpes), remarkable for the great length of the upper lobe of its tail, with which it beats, or thrashes, its prey. It is found both upon the American and the European coasts. Called also fox shark sea ape sea fox slasher swingle-tail, and thrasher shark.
    • Thresher (Zoöl) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See Brown thrush.
    • Thresher One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine.
    • n Thresher Same as Thrasher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thresher One who threshes: in this and the next sense commonly thresher.
    • n thresher A threshing-machine.
    • n thresher A sea-fox; a kind of shark, Alopias vulpes, so called from the enormous length of the upper division of the heterocercal tail, with which it threshes the water. See cut under Alopias. In this sense more commonly thrasher.
    • n thresher A member of an Irish Catholic organization instituted in 1806. One of the principal objects was to resist the payment of tithes. Their threats and warnings were signed “Captain Thresher.” In this sense only thresher. Imp. Dict.
    • n thresher See thrasher.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thresher the fox-shark
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In literature:

The best threshers bagged from 1,000 to 2,500 bushels daily.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Your bodies shall lie like sheaves upon our fields; the ruins of your castles fly like chaff beneath the flail of the thresher!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
It was pretty severe under a hot sun, amidst clouds of dust and bits of chaff flying about from the thresher.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
And soon the gingerbread boy came to a barn full of threshers.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
Stafford, Mrs. Thomas H. Thresher, 5.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 1, March, 1898" by Various
Threshers and threshing machines were put to work.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
They were already within earshot of the thresher.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
He did nothing but eat, and ate as much as three peasants or threshers.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
When it was running away it went by a barn full of threshers, and they asked it where it was running.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
In came the frame house, the spring buggy, the reaper, and the thresher.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson

In poetry:

After battle keen to feed was he:
Smoking flesh the thresher washed down fast,
Like an angry sea
Ships from keel to mast.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
The West's astir, the binders whirr
Around the settler's shack;
The threshers hum, lest winter come
Before the wheat's in sack.
"The Orgy Of Thor" by Abner Cosens
The leaning barn, about to fall,
Resounds no more on husking eves;
No cattle low in yard or stall,
No thresher beats his sheaves.
"The Homestead" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Upon the gleaming harvest-field remote
The thresher lies deserted, like some old
Dismantled galleon that hangs afloat
Upon a sea of gold.
"August" by James Whitcomb Riley
Ah! who shall blame him now because
He solaced thus his hours of pain!
Should not the o'erworn thresher pause,
And hold to light his golden grain?
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When the red flails of the battle-field's threshers
Beat out the continent's wheat from its bran,
While the wind scatters the chaffy seceshers,
What will become of our sweet little man?
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has been rehabbing with the Clearwater Threshers.
Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of people come to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Rollag.
Mike Flynn takes nets off the Baby Joe that he uses for catching thresher shark.
He planned to put the gear in storage since he can't sell threshers right now and target other species.
(By James M Thresher For The Washington Post).
The 515-pound thresher shark caught by Stephen Deckoff and his son on June 26 was alive when this picture was taken.
Imagine the 516-pound thresher shark's surprise.
It was the highest offensive output for the Threshers since beating Grace Bible College 101-85 Dec 30, 2005.
Thresher 's royalty contestants sought.
Big Thresher Also New State Record.
Jumping Thresher Shark Caught on Video.
The Bethel College women's basketball team got a little bit of payback Monday night, stopping York College 73-66 at Thresher Gym.
Not a whole lot went right for the Bethel College men's basketball team in a 91-65 loss to Friends University Thursday in KCAC play at Thresher Gym.
Thresher men edged by Central.
Willdlife experts tell WMGM TV that Thresher sharks are not known for attacking people.