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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)

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


Threshold is a progressive metal band, formed in Surrey, UK in the late 1980s.

There are other groups with Threshold in their name, like At the Threshold.


Threshold, Matthew Callahan, is a fictional supervillain from the Gen¹³ and DV8 comic books, published by Wildstorm.


"Threshold" is the sixth studio album by the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall. It was released on October 20, 2006, in Europe and October 31, 2006, in the United States. The album entered the Swedish charts at number one, staying on the chart for eight weeks. This was the band's first No. 1 since Renegade in 2000.


"Threshold" is a 1997 fantasy novel by South Australian author Sara Douglass.

  • language: English Language
  • genres: Speculative fiction, Fantasy
  • copyright: 1997
  • released on (16 years ago)


  1. Threshold was a science fiction drama television series that first aired on CBS in September 2005. Produced by Brannon Braga, David S. Goyer and David Heyman, the series focuses on a secret government project investigating the first contact with an extraterrestrial species.
  2. "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.
  3. "Threshold" is a 1981 drama/science fiction film 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.


"Threshold" is a roleplaying enforced MUD that has been in operation since June 1996. Its focus is on providing a place for roleplaying in addition to traditional MMO/MUD style gameplay. It has as many as 70-100 players online at any given time.

  • mode: Multiplayer video game
  • genres: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game, MUD, Fantasy
  • released in (18 years ago)


  1. Threshold: A threshold is the sill of a door. In many cultures it has a special symbolism: for instance, in Poland and Russia it is bad luck to shake hands or kiss across the threshold when meeting somebody. In many countries it is considered good luck for a bridegroom to carry the bride over the threshold to their new home.
  2. Threshold is a comic book series.
  3. The Threshold are a fictional organisation who appeared in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The canonicity of the comic strips, like other Doctor Who spin-off media, is open to interpretation.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Threshold

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Google previewPsychology, Eighth Edition, in Modules Study Guide (2006)

by David G. Myers, PhD, Richard Straub

The absolute threshold is defined as the minimum stimulus that is detected 50 percent of the time. 2. c. is the answer. According to Weber's law, the difference threshold is a constant proportion of the stimulus.

Google previewExperimental Psychology (2008)

by Barry Kantowitz, Henry Roediger, III, David Elmes

Since the absolute threshold is a statistical concept, much like the “average taxpayer,” it has other statistical properties...

The upper threshold is the average point at which the observer changes from “heavier” responses to “equal” responses.

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 Environmental Science and Engineering (1992)

by James R. Pfafflin

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 Quantitative Risk Analysis and Assessment (2008)

by Edward L. Melnick, Brian S. Everitt

p0 Dose d∗ R e s p o n s e Figure 1 Schematic dose–response relationship with threshold dose d∗ for fixed observational period t be estimated, safe exposure levels could be derived, leading to tolerable small exposures. In this case ...

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 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 previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors (2000)

by Waldemar Karwowski

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 Financial Models, 3 Volume Set (2012)

by Frank J. Fabozzi

considered a time-dependent default threshold, let us assume first a constant default threshold K > 0. If we are at time t ≥ 0, default has not been triggered yet and Vt > K, then the time of default τ is given by  ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Consciousness (2009)

by William P. Banks

Threshold. Methods. Objective. Threshold. Methods. With the advent of SDT and the clear problems with criterion- based methods, the revival of unconscious perception research in the mid-1970s and early 1980s instead arranged stimulus  ...

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Quotes about Threshold

Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)
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Scrabble value of T1H4R1E1S1H4O1L1D2

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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