- 1A strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.More example sentences
- George enters the house, crossing its threshold with one broad step.
- As the door opened soundlessly, she crossed the threshold and entered into the room.
- Emily was in tears before she crossed the threshold into her room.
- 1.1 [in singular] A point of entry or beginning: she was on the threshold of a dazzling careerMore example sentences
- Although he was not yet wholly able to make a living from sales of his work, he had grown close to the leading surrealists and was on the threshold of fame following his first solo exhibition.
- We are on the threshold of a new historical event: Bulgaria's accession to the European Union.
- Young students are on the threshold of adulthood, walking through the door to their future.
- 1.2The beginning of an airport runway on which an aircraft is attempting to land.More example sentences
- Just before coming abeam the runway threshold I began a continuous finals turn, Spitfire style.
- Try not to think of taxiing as just driving to the runway threshold.
- The XP - 38 slammed into a golf course short of the runway threshold and Kelsey was luck to escape with cuts and bruises.
- 2The magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result, or condition to occur or be manifested: nothing happens until the signal passes the threshold [as modifier]: a threshold levelMore example sentences
- When the queue length for each output port exceeds a threshold value, the CS originates the cell inhibiting signal to all IXBs.
- As soon as the measured pressure change exceeds the threshold, the EGR system is deemed to pass the restriction test, and the test method is terminated.
- This outcome reduces the probability the signal will pass the detection threshold, resulting in a missed detection.
- 2.1The maximum level of radiation or a concentration of a substance considered to be acceptable or safe: their water would meet the safety threshold of 50 milligrams of nitrates per literMore example sentences
lower limit, minimum
- Finally, salbutamol pretreatment might hasten lidocaine absorption and increase peak lidocaine plasma concentrations toward the toxic threshold.
- At a conservative calculation, around 250,000 people are currently exposed to levels above the accepted safety thresholds.
- Evaluation of substances for which a threshold limit did not exist were then carried out.
- 2.2 Physiology & Psychology A limit below which a stimulus causes no reaction: everyone has a different pain thresholdMore example sentences
- Conditioned to expect immediate gratification, these youth have shorter attention spans and also a low threshold for boredom.
- These mediators lower the nociceptor threshold, making the receptors more responsive to painful stimuli.
- Lower pain thresholds and potentially lower thresholds for other nociceptive stimuli such as HTS would be consistent with systemic nociceptive dysfunction in CFS.
Old English therscold, threscold; related to German dialect Drischaufel; the first element is related to thresh (in a Germanic sense 'tread'), but the origin of the second element is unknown.