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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
Steinbrenner has vowed to reduce payroll from this year's roughly $209 million to below next year's $197 million threshold, which would reset the team's base tax rate from 50 percent to 20 percent in 2019.
New York likely would want to start the season $5 million to $10 million below the threshold, allowing the Yankees to add salaries with in-season moves.
The Dodgers and Yankees vow to get below next year’s tax threshold of $197 million.
The scientists measured the animals’ brain activity while hearing sounds loud enough to evoke a response, but below the threshold of causing temporary hearing loss.
Although the water is reportedly testing below the federal action threshold, pipe replacement and infrastructure changed in the city have left residents relying on bottled water and filters for clean drinking water.
Severe poverty increased in 2016; the Pew Research Center reports that three in ten families in poverty made at least $15,000 below the poverty threshold.
Also, the Hornets’ player payroll isn’t far below the NBA’s luxury tax threshold this season of about $119 million per team.
Even a 2008 Chukchi Sea lease sale — in which Royal Dutch Shell stunned observers by spending $2.1 billion snapping up offshore leases — had an average price below the necessary threshold, amounting to $977 per acre.
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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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