thresh definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- to beat out (grain) from its husk, as with a flail
- to beat grain out of (husks)
- to beat or strike as with a flail
Origin: Middle English threschen: earlier form of thrash
- to thresh grain
- to toss about; thrash
thresh definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
verb threshed, thresh·ing, thresh·es verb, transitive
- a. To beat the stems and husks of (grain or cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains or seeds from the straw.b. To separate (grains or seeds) in this manner.
- To discuss or examine (an issue, for example) repeatedly.
- To beat severely; thrash.
- To use a machine or flail to separate grain or seeds from straw.
- To thrash about; toss.
Origin: Middle English thresshen, from Old English therscan; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.