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Definition of the noun threshold

What does threshold mean as a name of something?

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 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 previewManaging Agile (2015)

Strategy, Implementation, Organisation and People by Alan Moran

The upper risk threshold is that level beyond which urgent and immediate risk mitigation activity would need to be initiated. This embodies an uncomfortable level of uncertainty with which the organisation would have difficulty coping with.

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 previewEngagements With The World (2013)

Emotions And Human Nature by Ron Leifer MD MA

A low threshold is an advantage to hunter-gatherers, soldiers, and athletes, who require a rapid-response reflex. A high threshold is a disadvantage in these circumstances.

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 previewMethods of Analysis of Food Components and Additives, Second Edition (2011)

by Semih Otles

DETECTION THRESHOLD Hypothetically, the detection or absolute threshold is the minimum physical energy level of a stimulus necessary for perceptual detection or awareness; and it implies that there is a clear-cut level of physical ...

Google previewApplications of Evolutionary Computation (2014)

17th European Conference, EvoApplications 2014, Granada, Spain, April 23-25, 2014, Revised Selected Papers by Anna I. Esparcia-Alcázar, Antonio M. Mora

Decision is an integer, Positive or Negative implemented Threshold is a real number Fig. 1. The Backus Normal Form of EDDIE 8 only to evaluate ...

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 previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Waldemar Karwowski

FIGURE 3 Exemplary representation of the IRTTS (Integrated Restitution Temporary Threshold Shift). Physiological Costs of Noise Exposure: Temporary Threshold Shifts min Exposure. 1 0 dB at 250 Hz or 30 dB at 64 Hz, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography (2005)

by Jack Cazes

Absorbance Threshold Setting an absorbance threshold improves the accuracy of spectral comparison by screening out spectra near the signal baseline. These spectra tend to have a relatively high degree of noise, which adversely affects the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spirits (2010)

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 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 previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)

tserskel, threshold; the variations of form indicate that the terminal element was not ...

Google previewAcademic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology (1992)

by Christopher G. Morris, Academic Press

threshold thrombocytopenia threshold Building Engineering. 1. the sill of a doorway. 2. the entry or exit area of a building or structure. Physics, a value or quantity of some parameter at which a reaction, breakdown, transition, or avalanche ...

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Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
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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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