- The definition of a threshold is the entrance or start of something.
- An example of threshold is the doorway of a house.
- An example of threshold is the transition from high school to college.
- the entrance or beginning point of something: at the threshold of a new career
- Physiol., Psychol. the point at which a stimulus is just strong enough to be perceived or produce a response: the threshold of pain
Origin of thresholdMiddle English threschwold ; from Old English therscwold (akin to Old Norse threskǫlder) ; from base of therscan (see thrash) + uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill.
- Either end of an airport runway.
- The place or point of beginning; the outset: on the threshold of a new era.
- The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to elicit a response: a low threshold of pain.
Origin of thresholdMiddle English thresshold, from Old English therscold, threscold; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter; a sill.
- (by extension) An entrance
- The start of the landing area of a runway
- (engineering) The quantitative point at which an action is triggered, especially a lower limit
- The wage or salary at which income tax becomes due
- The outset of an action or project
- 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.
- The point of beginning or entry
- From all the pressure my partner has been through lately, his emotion threshold has suddenly gotten pretty low these days. I can tell because he easily loses it when he is around people or hears about anything to do with his concerns.
From Old English Ã¾rescold (“doorsill", "point of entering"), from Ã¾rescan (“tread", "trample")