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[dawr-sil, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌsɪl, ˈdoʊr-/
the sill of a doorway.
Origin of doorsill
First recorded in 1555-65; door + sill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Hermit laid a lump of sugar upon the doorsill and stepped back.

  • Drake, standing on the doorsill, had now some eight inches advantage of height.

    Americans All Various
  • He turned on his heel, kicking off his sabots on the doorsill.

    The Maids of Paradise

    Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  • On the doorsill he paused to ask the cabin boy when his ship sailed.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • Every few seconds I stopped and put my head down to the doorsill to listen.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The captain did not take the trouble to follow them beyond the doorsill of the room.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • He dug about with the pole in the loose earth beyond the doorsill, then drew it back.

    Gone Fishing James H. Schmitz
  • At once a gurgling laughter was heard near the doorsill of their house.

    Tales of the Sun Mrs. Howard Kingscote
  • Then and then only, during all that time of watching, did Lad leave the doorsill of his own accord.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • To the astonishment of Elmer, however, the man did not pass beyond the doorsill.


    Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for doorsill


a horizontal member of wood, stone, etc, forming the bottom of a doorframe
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