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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
At the ZIP code level, the highest income threshold for IRS tax-return data is $200,000 and higher.
Scott didn’t clarify whether a super-majority means three-fifths of both houses of the Legislature, or the higher two-thirds threshold.
Furthermore, the reassessment of the overtime threshold mirrors another legislative effort to substitute compensatory time off for overtime pay.
Adding those spending cuts would risk losing the eight Democrats needed to reach the 60-vote threshold for advancing legislation in the Senate.
But other scientists reject the idea of any absolute threshold for significance.
For the past several years the city's budget has done just that, but under a new deal, the city would forgo the option of dropping its payments below that threshold.
They are led by Amir Peretz, a former defense minister and ex-party leader who has topped most polls but is unlikely to reach the 40-percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off next week.
All results fell below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's actionable 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
THRESHOLD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of threshold for English Language Learners
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building
: the point or level at which something begins or changes
THRESHOLD Defined for Kids
Definition of threshold for Students
- Ralph had a scary feeling he was on the threshold of adventure.
- —Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle
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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