thresh·​er | \ ˈthre-shər How to pronounce thresher (audio) , ˈthra- \

Definition of thresher

1 : one that threshes especially : threshing machine

Examples of thresher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the winnowing’s done, and the windbags and the mediocrities have all been blown out the side of the thresher, what will your verdict be? James Parker, The Atlantic, "Martin Amis Goes Out With a Bang," 9 Dec. 2020 In the case of this large thresher in Libya, the female shark was lanced straight through the heart, and a blue shark found in 2016 off the coast of Spain had been stabbed in the brain. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Shark Stabbed Through the Heart and a Swordfish Is to Blame," 30 Oct. 2020 The research also found that many of the open-ocean species in the fin trade, such as blue sharks, thresher sharks, and oceanic white tip sharks, were likely caught within territorial waters, not in the open oceans, as expected. David Shiffman, National Geographic, "Why cracking down on the shark fin trade may be easier than we thought," 27 Oct. 2020 Then one day a thresher showed up and harvested the crop. New York Times, "At 88, Agnes Denes Finally Gets the Retrospective She Deserves," 7 Nov. 2019 Jasper fed bines into a conveyor belt that pulled the plants up and into a thresher, which stripped away the hop flowers. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "If this isn’t hop country, why is San Diego harvesting a bumper crop?," 19 Aug. 2019 Skomal said threshers make good eating and are prized by recreational fishermen. Don Lyman,, "Besides great whites, there’s little to fear among local sharks," 14 Aug. 2019 For more than 90 of those, including pacemakers and combine harvester-threshers, China accounted for less than 0.1% of the value, according to Panjiva, which relied on U.S. Census Bureau data. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Proposed U.S. Tariffs on China Risk Penalizing Manufacturers Unevenly," 19 Apr. 2018 Shark researchers told the Cape Cod Times that threshers likely don’t have the ability to generate enough heat to keep vital organs healthy in water below 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Kelli Bender,, "Massachusetts Waters Are so Cold Sharks Are Freezing to Death," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of thresher

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thresher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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