Definition of Threshold

1. Noun. The starting point for a new state or experience. "On the threshold of manhood"

2. Noun. The smallest detectable sensation.

3. Noun. The entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close. "He stuck his head in the doorway"
Exact synonyms: Door, Doorway, Room Access
Terms within: Case, Casing, Door, Doorcase, Doorframe, Doorsill, Doorstep
Generic synonyms: Entrance, Entranceway, Entree, Entry, Entryway
Specialized synonyms: Exterior Door, Outside Door
Group relationships: Wall

4. Noun. The sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway.
Exact synonyms: Doorsill, Doorstep
Group relationships: Door, Doorway, Room Access
Generic synonyms: Sill

5. Noun. A region marking a boundary.
Exact synonyms: Brink, Verge
Generic synonyms: Bound, Boundary, Edge
Derivative terms: Verge

Definition of Threshold

1. n. The plank, stone, or piece of timber, which lies under a door, especially of a dwelling house, church, temple, or the like; the doorsill; hence, entrance; gate; door.

Definition of Threshold

1. Noun. The bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter; a sill. ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) An entrance ¹

3. Noun. The start of the landing area of a runway ¹

4. Noun. (engineering) The quantitative point at which an action is triggered, especially a lower limit ¹

5. Noun. The wage or salary at which income tax becomes due ¹

6. Noun. The outset of an action or project ¹

7. Noun. The point where one mentally or physically is vulnerable in response to provocation or to particular things in general. As in emotions, stress, or pain. ¹

8. Noun. The point of beginning or entry ¹

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Definition of Threshold

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Medical Definition of Threshold

1. 1. The point at which a stimulus first produces a sensation. 2. The lower limit of perception of a stimulus. 3. The minimal stimulus that produces excitation of any structure; e.g., the minimal stimulus eliciting a motor response. Synonym: limen. Origin: A.S. Therxold (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Threshold

thresher's lung
thresher shark
thresher sharks
threshing floor
threshing floors
threshing machine
threshold (current term)
threshold body
threshold differential
threshold element
threshold function
threshold gate
threshold level
threshold limit value
threshold of consciousness
threshold of island of Reil
threshold of nose
threshold operation
threshold percussion
threshold shift
threshold stimulus

Literary usage of Threshold

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publications by Folklore Society (Great Britain) (1897)
"In pursuing his researches on the subject of that valuable work for a second edition he found the main idea of The threshold Covenant so important as to ..."

2. American Journal of Physiology by American Physiological Society (1887- ). (1913)
"In anticipation of such a function for them, we have undertaken a series of studies of the variations in sensory threshold which may occur in normal ..."

3. Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear, and Rage: An Account of Recent by Walter Bradford Cannon (1915)
"As the irritability lessens, the threshold stimulus must necessarily be higher. The height of the threshold is therefore a measure of irritability. ..."

4. Bodily Changes in Pain, Hunger, Fear and Rage: An Account of Recent by Walter Bradford Cannon (1920)
"As the irritability lessens, the threshold stimulus must necessarily be higher. The height of the threshold is therefore a measure of irritability. ..."

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1895)
"The pain-points, as well as those for touch, vary much in threshold value on different parts of the body. In his first article, he reaches the following ..."

6. Tools to Manage Vegetation and Fuels: A Consumer Guideby David L. Peterson by David L. Peterson (2008)
"For example, assume that the threshold and complementary threshold are 1000 in a table ... The threshold of 1000 applies to each group, and in addition, ..."

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