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Examples of threshold in a Sentence
- … we still hadn't grasped that we had crossed a threshold where it no longer mattered what passport you carried, that you were young and loved, … or that you were a noncombatant. —Paul Salopek, National Geographic, April 2008
- As we speak, the very worst of humanity is on the threshold of acquiring the most powerful weapons in history—this is a fear and a consideration to be taken very seriously. —Charles Krauthammer, New Republic, 29 Apr. 2002
- We thought that we were on the threshold of an age of space travel. But the greatest impact of the trip to the moon was on how we view the Earth. —Suzannah Lessard, Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2001
He stepped across the threshold.
If your income rises above a certain threshold, your tax rate also rises.
Recent Examples of threshold from the Web
Those allow the Senate to pass a bill with a simple majority and not with a 60-vote threshold that would require Democratic votes.
But this fall, the trend has crossed a new threshold.
After her move to Chicago — a threshold crossed — things get complicated.
Some promoters have responded by raising the price of tickets to cut into brokers’ profits or push the brokers’ prices beyond the market’s threshold.
But women who have crossed some ever-changing threshold of what’s young enough to be considered attractive are supposed to drag their sagging carcasses off into the bushes and die with dignity (or at least disappear from public view).
Consider the Net Investment Income (NII) Tax The threshold amounts for the NII tax are $250,000 for joint, $125,000 for a married taxpayer filing separately, and $200,000 in any other case.
So far, says health economist James Buchanan of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, no one knows whether using sequencing to screen for disease variants in a low-risk population beats that threshold.
Launched in 1997, CHIP was created with the goal of providing health care for children and pregnant women in low- to middle-income households whose annual incomes were just slightly higher than the Medicaid threshold.
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Did You Know?
The earliest known use of "threshold" in the English language is from Alfred the Great's Old English translation of the Roman philosopher Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae. In this translation, which was written around 888, "threshold" appears as "þeorscwold" (that first letter is called a thorn and it was used in Old English and Middle English to indicate the sounds produced by "th" in "thin" and "this"). The origins of this Old English word are not known, though it is believed to be related to Old English "threscan," from which we get the words thresh, meaning "to separate seed from (a harvested plant) using a machine or tool" and "thrash," meaning, among other things "to beat soundly with or as if with a stick or whip."
Origin and Etymology of threshold
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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medical Definition of threshold
- below the threshold of consciousness
- the threshold of pain
- a high renal clearance threshold
legal Definition of threshold
- the threshold for inquiry
legal Definition of threshold
- the threshold issue in a negligence action is whether the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff
- —Noakes v. City of Seattle, 895 P.2d 842 (1995)
- a threshold showing of the need for psychiatric evaluation
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