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threshold

[ thresh-ohld, thresh-hohld ]
/ ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld /
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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.
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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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threshold
/ (ˈθrɛʃəʊld, ˈθrɛʃˌhəʊld) /

noun

Other words from threshold

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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