\ ˈthresh How to pronounce thresh (audio) , ˈthrash \
threshed; threshing; threshes

Definition of thresh

transitive verb

1 : to separate seed from (a harvested plant) mechanically also : to separate (seed) in this way
3 : to strike repeatedly

intransitive verb

1 : to thresh grain

Examples of thresh in a Sentence

threshing and harvesting at the same time the poor dog threshed against his chain
Recent Examples on the Web The hurricane with no name threshed across the Atlantic coast in mid-September 1713, ripping at tobacco crops and sending panicked colonists inland, where the storm's destructive power found them. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2019 The rice at the top of the stalks in the paddies was hard and yellow, ready to be cut, threshed and dried in the sun. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2019 Vintage tractors, trucks, cars and motorcycles will be on display, and there will be a Parade of Power, tractor pulls and demonstrations of threshing, horse plowing, butter churning, blacksmithing and more. Phil Marty,, 29 July 2019 Subrat Chandra Gayen, another resident of Joymoni, said nearly 80 percent of families have had to give up on rice farming, which once provided food and an income for most people in the area, including women who sowed, harvested, and threshed it. Manipadma Jena, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Mar. 2018 In the San Joaquin Valley, beans are harvested by a machine called Big Bertha, which can pick and thresh fifty thousand pounds a day. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2018 Deuteronomy 25:4 prohibits the muzzling of an ox that is threshing. Karen Swallow Prior, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2018 Sometimes scenes of hunting, netting fish, herding and butchering animals, threshing grain and other farming activities were carved or painted directly onto tomb walls, as in the exquisite murals at the ancient burial grounds at Saqqara near Cairo. Salima Ikram, Smithsonian, 3 Feb. 2017 Collaborating with women farmers in Niger, Trimble designed a compact, solar-powered device that threshes and winnows pearl millet, allowing more daily meals to be produced without such a physical toll. National Geographic, 18 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of thresh

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for thresh

Middle English thresshen, from Old English threscan; akin to Old High German dreskan to thresh

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\ ˈthrash How to pronounce thresh (audio) , ˈthresh \
threshed; threshing

Kids Definition of thresh

1 : to separate the seed from a harvested plant by beating threshing wheat

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