thresh·​er ˈthre-shər How to pronounce thresher (audio)
: one that threshes
especially : threshing machine

Examples of thresher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem is that threshers brawl, often leaping ten feet in the air during the battle. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 July 2023 The Atlantic Shark Institute monitors great white, mako, thresher, porbeagle, blue, spinner, and blacktip. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 26 June 2023 And on Wednesday, the Finnish Confederation of Industries sponsored an all-day webinar with Ukrainian officials so companies could show off their wastewater treatment plants, transformers, threshers and prefabricated housing. Liz Alderman, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2023 More than a dozen sharks are known to live in Gulf of Mexico including the bonnethead, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, tiger, lemon, bull, shortfin mako, sandbar, thresher, dusky, silky, Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, finetooth, spinner and blacktip. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2021 Jane Poynter, who lost the tip of her finger in a rice thresher, married a fellow crew member. Jordan Fisher Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2010 What’s a parent supposed to do with that pro tip, especially when a child routinely runs your sense of self through a thresher? Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 The stalks are then cut and sent through a thresher to separate the grain from what is now essentially hay. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Residents applaud cleaner conditions; anglers say they are unfairly being singled out Local fishermen say the best fish, from yellowtail to thresher sharks, can be found at the end of Imperial Beach’s iconic 1,500-foot pier. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thresher was in the 13th century

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“Thresher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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thresh·​er ˈthrash-ər How to pronounce thresher (audio)
: a person who threshes

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