Definition of "threshold" []

  • A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill. (noun)
  • An entrance or a doorway. (noun)
  • The place or point of beginning; the outset. (noun)
  • The point that must be exceeded to begin producing a given effect or result or to elicit a response: a low threshold of pain. (noun)
  • A sill, esp one made of stone or hardwood, placed at a doorway (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any doorway or entrance (noun)
  • The starting point of an experience, event, or venture (noun)
  • The strength at which a stimulus is just perceived (noun)
  • A level or point at which something would happen, would cease to happen, or would take effect, become true, etc (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The minimum intensity or value of a signal, etc, that will produce a response or specified effect (noun)
  • Designating or relating to a pay agreement, clause, etc, that raises wages to compensate for increases in the cost of living (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "threshold" in a sentence
  • "Can't Post | Private Reply ah! so it was you, bubinski's better half. i have a very high physical pain threshold but my pecuniary threshold is low. i would have been able to endure 10 minutes more of the former to avoid the pain of the latter."
  • "After a certain threshold (what the threshold is for a specific country varies) there are dramatic and lasting unemployment effects."
  • "Not all scientists agree this threshold is a sensible target for politicians though."