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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
On the defensive end, Jocelyn Mahayag led a stellar defensive effort, 98 total digs, by the Rams with 30 digs, her second time breaking the 30-dig threshold.
The obstacle comes in the Senate, where the party’s 50-vote threshold will become insuperable.
He was brought in with Targeted Allocation Money, a pile of cash that allows players to be signed for sums above the Designated Player threshold without taking up one of a team’s three DP roster slots.
The appeal shouldn’t be viewed as the Trump administration endorsing the threshold set in regulations issued last year, according to the official.
Candidates with support concentrated in a few regions, like Mr Rios Piter and Marichuy, will have difficulty passing the 17-state threshold.
Nate Chute/IndyStar Indianapolis Colts assistant coach and former defensive lineman Robert Mathis tested below the legal threshold but was still arrested on a preliminary charge of drunken driving Tuesday.
Any remaining business income above these thresholds is taxed at a flat 3% rate.
By this standard, our president will be setting a new threshold for that definition.
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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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