- the sill of a doorway.
- the entrance to a house or building.
- any place or point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new career.
- Also called limen. Psychology, Physiology. the point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect: the threshold of consciousness; a low threshold of pain.
Origin of threshold
Examples from the Web for threshold
There is one final lesson to learn before he crosses the threshold from darkness to glory.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
She took her temperature on Monday and noted it was slightly elevated to 99.5, just under the threshold for worry.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
That year was really the first year that I stepped over the threshold and became more of a collaborator.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
Once a threshold osmolality is reached in our bodies, it triggers our brains to make us seek water.When Table Salt Becomes Poison
June 20, 2014
To meet that threshold, experts said, the bond investments or royalty income would have to be substantial.Law-Breaking Judges Took Cases That Could Make Them Even Richer
Reity O’Brien, Kytja Weir, Chris Young, Center for Public Integrity
April 28, 2014
Banstead lingered by the threshold and took up an illustrated paper.
He rose, saw Katherine, Austin, and Viviette on the threshold.
She was upon her knees on the threshold—her arms crossed over her breast.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
As he crossed the threshold, he turned round and blessed me.Night and Morning, Complete
His torch will be at the threshold and his knife at the throat of the planter.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- Also called: doorsill a sill, esp one made of stone or hardwood, placed at a doorway
- any doorway or entrance
- the starting point of an experience, event, or ventureon the threshold of manhood
- psychol the strength at which a stimulus is just perceivedthe threshold of consciousness Compare absolute threshold, difference threshold
- a level or point at which something would happen, would cease to happen, or would take effect, become true, etc
- (as modifier)threshold price; threshold effect
- the minimum intensity or value of a signal, etc, that will produce a response or specified effecta frequency threshold
- (as modifier)a threshold current
- (modifier) designating or relating to a pay agreement, clause, etc, that raises wages to compensate for increases in the cost of living
Word Origin and History for threshold
Old English þrescold, þærscwold, þerxold "doorsill, point of entering," first element related to Old English þrescan (see thresh), with its original sense of "tread, trample." Second element of unknown origin and much transformed in all the Germanic languages; in English it probably has been altered to conform to hold, but the oft-repeated story that the threshold was a barrier placed at the doorway to hold the chaff flooring in the room is mere folk etymology. Cognates include Old Norse þreskjoldr, Swedish tröskel, Old High German driscufli, German dialectal drischaufel.
- The place or point of beginning; the outset.
- The lowest point at which a stimulus begins to produce a sensation.
- The minimal stimulus that produces excitation of any structure, eliciting a motor response.