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Definition of the noun threshold

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noun - plural: thresholds

  1. the starting point for a new state or experience
  2. the smallest detectable sensation
  3. the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close
  4. the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of threshold: doorsill / doorstep
    • more generic word: sill = structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure
    • part of: door / doorway / room access = the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building
  5. a region marking a boundary
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of threshold: brink / verge
    • more generic words: bound / boundary / edge = a line determining the limits of an area

Alternative definition of the noun threshold


  1. The bottom-most part of a doorway that one crosses to enter; a sill.
  2. [context: by extension] An entrance
  3. The start of the landing area of a runway
  4. [engineering] The quantitative point at which an action is triggered, especially a lower limit
  5. The wage or salary at which income tax becomes due
  6. The outset of an action or project
  7. The point where one mentally or physically is vulnerable in response to provocation or to particular things in general. As in emotions, stress, or pain.

Specialised definition of the noun threshold

Glossary of management / IT service management / problem management

a pre-determined limit to the number of incidents attributable to a single problem or known error, or to the time for which an incident, problem or known error is outstanding, at which escalation procedures are invoked

Glossary of pesticide

concentration of a pesticide in an organism or environmental compartment below which an adverse effect is not expected

Glossary of sports

the point at which something starts, e.g. where something can be perceived by the body or where a drug starts to have an effect (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the point at which a sensation is strong enough to be sensed by the sensory nerves (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Threshold" is a 2003 Sci-Fi Pictures original film adaptation of the 1958 black and white science fiction film It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The film stars Nicholas Lea, Jamie Luner and Steve Bacic. Other notable cast members include Teryl Rothery, television mogul Stephen J. Cannell and Gloria Slade.
  2. "Threshold" is a 1981 drama/science fiction film from Canada, directed by Richard Pearce. It starred Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum. The film was nominated for eight Genie Awards in 1983 and won three of them. Sutherland also won best actor at the 1982 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his performance.
  3. "Threshold" is a film.

Phrases with Threshold

Phrases starting with the word Threshold:

  1. threshold gate
  2. threshold level
  3. threshold element
  4. threshold function
  5. threshold operation

Phrases ending with the word Threshold:

  1. pain threshold
  2. absolute threshold
  3. difference threshold
  4. differential threshold

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Threshold

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The absolute threshold is the least intense stimulus in a given modality that is detectable.

Google previewConsumer Behavior (2016)

by Wayne D. Hoyer, Deborah J. MacInnis, Rik Pieters

Absolute Thresholds The absolute threshold is the minimum level of stimulus intensity needed for a stimulus to be perceived.

Google previewFrom Evidence to Outcomes in Child Welfare (2013)

An International Reader by Aron Shlonsky, Rami Benbenishty

A decision threshold refers to the point at which the assessment of the case information (e.g., level of concern) is intense enough for one to decide to take major actions that form the...

Google previewDemocracy and Political Culture in Eastern Europe (2006)

by Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Dieter Fuchs, Jan Zielonka

The first and lowest threshold is a relative poverty line that is set at 50 percent of the mean of total monthly per capita household expenditures and constitutes 26 Ls per month per adult.1 The second threshold is the minimum wage, which was ...

Google previewPerceiving in Depth, Volume 2 (2012)

Stereoscopic Vision by Ian P. Howard, Brian J. Rogers

Ideally, the diplopia threshold is the mean of the fusion and refusion limits. However, the diplopia...

The diplopia threshold is a radius ofthe fusional area, and the fusion range is a diameter of the fusional area. The fusional range is larger for ...

Google previewParadise-Denio Livestock Grazing Management (1981)

Environmental Impact Statement

RECREATION The threshold is the existing situation for the quality of the recreation experience. The threshold for visitor days is any change plus or minus from that projected by the Nevada State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation P/ an.

Google previewHuman Factors Engineering and Ergonomics (2013)

A Systems Approach, Second Edition by Stephen J. Guastello

Threshold Concepts An absolute threshold is the minimum value of a stimulus that can be detected. A light does not get any dimmer before you cannot see it at all. A sound is never quieter, or weights on your hand ever lighter. In early times it ...

Google previewImage Analysis and Processing (1995)

8th International Conference, ICIAP '95, San Remo, Italy, September 13 - 15, 1995. Proceedings by Carlo Braccini, Leila DeFloriani, Gianni Vernazza

The threshold is the minimum acceptable gradient modulus. Due to the fluctuation of the...

As we will show, the threshold is a function of edge characteristics and of the properties of the edge detector. Consequently, it is not easy to find a ...

Google previewPhysical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition (2014)

A Guide for the Helping Professions by Sue V. Saxon, PhD, Mary Jean Etten, EdD, GNP, FT,, Dr. Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH

Visual threshold refers to the minimum amount of light that will stimulate visual receptors and trigger a nerve impulse to...

A higher threshold means greater illumination is needed to obtain the maximum amount of visual information from the ...

Google previewDeformation-enhanced Fluid Transport in the Earth's Crust and Mantle (1997)

by M.B. Holness

The percolation threshold is that value of ...

Google previewToward Learning Robots (1993)

by Walter Van de Velde

The motivation for using a random tilt when the plan is above the acceptable threshold is that in such cases it is unlikely that executing the plan will lead to unexpected consequences, and hence to significant improvements in the agent's theory ...

Google previewPoetry as Survival (2002)

by Gregory Orr

As such, a threshold is a place of transition, a place where a person might pause. Imagine yourself there for a moment: you are departing and stop briefly on the threshold with the door open. Before you, the wild and varied scene of the outer ...

Google previewThe Ludic City (2007)

Exploring the Potential of Public Spaces by Quentin Stevens

A threshold is a point on the boundary between inside and outside that can be opened. A wide range of perceptions, movements and social encounters become possible there. As Norberg-Schulz notes, 'the opening is the element that makes ...

Google previewThe Half-Empty Heart (2007)

A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent by Alan Downs, Ph.D.

An emotional threshold is the intensity that your feelings must reach in order to enter into your awareness.

A low emotional threshold means that even the most slight or insignificant emotions are felt, often with a greater intensity than the ...

Google previewPrinciples of Biology: Animal Systems: A Tutorial Study Guide (box set) (2015)

by Nicoladie Tam

The threshold is a characteristic for a neuron in which this is the critical point to trigger the firing. Once it crosses this...

Google previewDrones and Responsibility (2016)

Legal, Philosophical and Socio-Technical Perspectives on Remotely Controlled Weapons by Ezio Di Nucci, Filippo Santoni de Sio

For the sake of our discussion in the sequel, let us define two thresholds. The minimal threshold is that of the computer being able to mislead the interrogator in at least 30% of the rounds that are ...

Google previewPaediatric Cardiology (2009)

Expert Consult - Online and Print by Robert H. Anderson, Edward J. Baker, Andrew Redington, Michael L. Rigby, Daniel Penny, Gil Wernovsky

Testing Threshold the threshold is the minimum electrical stimulus required to consistently capture the heart and trigger contraction. the stimulation threshold is a square wave, a function of both amplitude (measured in volts) and pulse width ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1996)

Volume 58 - Thermoplastics to Trays: Separation: Useful CaPatity by John J. McKetta Jr

TABLE 2 Threshold Quantities JTQt) for Flammable and Combustible Liquids Threshold Class Flammable Properties To Be Considered Quantity (lb) F, Flash point < 73"F and boiling point < 100°F 5.000 Class IA flammable liquid NFPA ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spirits (2010)

The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses by Judika Illes

Thresholds exist everywhere: for example, the seashore is the threshold between land and ocean, the liminal, transitional area where earth meets water. Hedgerows were once the threshold between wilderness and civilization. Your mouth is ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The Threshold Level describes sociocultural competence in systematically organised lists of ...

Google previewCommunications Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

threshold: 1. In telecommunications, the minimum signal level that can be detected by a system or a sensor. 2. A value used to denote ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 2 (Hardcover) (2007)

by Christina Pratt

Threshold Guardian snare malevolent spirits and demons. The thread cross, or mdos, is made from two (or more) sticks crossed and bound to form a cross structure. The central vertical stick is called the srog shing, or “life tree," believed to be a ...

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary (2005)

by C. C. Lee

Threshold limit value (TLV): The concentration of an airborne substance that a healthy person can be exposed to for a 40-hour work week without adverse effect ; a workplace exposure standard (FFDCA/pesticide-04). Threshold limit value ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (1998)

by Colin Baker, Sylvia Prys Jones

The Threshold Level is a detailed specification of minimum language requirements, in any language, for people who want to learn...

The Threshold Level Specifications (e.g. Van Ek & Alexander, 1977) had a strong influence on the design of ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors - 3 Volume Set (2000)

by Informa Healthcare

Threshold. Shifts. H. Irk , J.M. Hesse, and H. Strasser Ergonomics Division/ University of Siegen Paul-Bonatz-Str. 9-11/57068 Siegen/Germany 1. INTRODUCTION Annual statistical surveys of mutual industrial accident insurance associations ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering (1992)

by James R. Pfafflin, Edward N. Ziegler

Hearing threshold. A standard for human hearing has been established on the basis of audiometric measurements at a series of frequencies. An individual's hearing threshold represents the deviation from the standard or audiometric-zero ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

The other strategy to ensure consistent Byzantine fault tolerance replication for nondeterministic operations is to employ threshold cryptography (Deswarte, Blain , & Fabre, 1991; Desmedt & Frankel, 1990). Threshold cryptography is a good ...

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I have been called the most powerful woman in the world, but I have on occasion lacked even the power of speech, because although we have crossed the threshold into a new century, there are still too many questions for which we have no answers. (Madeleine K. Albright)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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