- 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 þrescold (“doorsill", "point of entering”), from þrescan (“tread", "trample”)
threshold - Computer Definition
The point at which a signal (voltage, current, etc.) is perceived as valid.