threshold

[ thresh-ohld, thresh-hohld ]
/ ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld /

noun

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

before 900; Middle English threschold, Old English threscold, threscwald; cognate with Old Norse threskǫldr, dialectal Swedish träskvald; akin to thresh in old sense “trample, tread”; -old, -wald unexplained
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British Dictionary definitions for threshold

threshold

/ (ˈθrɛʃəʊld, ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊld) /

noun

Related forms

Related adjective: liminal

Word Origin for threshold

Old English therscold; related to Old Norse threskoldr, Old High German driscubli, Old Swedish thriskuldi
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Medicine definitions for threshold

threshold

[ thrĕshōld′, -hōld′ ]

n.

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.
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