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THRESHOLD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does threshold mean? 

THRESHOLD (noun)
  The noun THRESHOLD has 5 senses:

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
5. a region marking a boundary

  Familiarity information: THRESHOLD used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


THRESHOLD (noun)


Sense 1threshold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The starting point for a new state or experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context example:

on the threshold of manhood

Hypernyms ("threshold" is a kind of...):

beginning; commencement; first; get-go; kickoff; offset; outset; showtime; start; starting time (the time at which something is supposed to begin)


Sense 2threshold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The smallest detectable sensation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

limen; threshold

Hypernyms ("threshold" is a kind of...):

aesthesis; esthesis; sensation; sense datum; sense experience; sense impression (an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "threshold"):

absolute threshold (the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect)

difference limen; difference threshold; differential limen; differential threshold (the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect)


Sense 3threshold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

doorway; room access; door; threshold

Context example:

he stuck his head in the doorway

Hypernyms ("threshold" is a kind of...):

entrance; entranceway; entree; entry; entryway (something that provides access (to get in or get out))

Meronyms (parts of "threshold"):

case; casing (the enclosing frame around a door or window opening)

door (a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle)

doorcase; doorframe (the frame that supports a door)

doorsill; doorstep; threshold (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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "threshold"):

exterior door; outside door (a doorway that allows entrance to or exit from a building)

Holonyms ("threshold" is a part of...):

wall (an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure)


Sense 4threshold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

doorsill; doorstep; threshold

Hypernyms ("threshold" is a kind of...):

sill (structural member consisting of a continuous horizontal timber forming the lowest member of a framework or supporting structure)

Holonyms ("threshold" is a part of...):

door; doorway; room access; threshold (the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close)


Sense 5threshold [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A region marking a boundary

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

brink; verge; threshold

Hypernyms ("threshold" is a kind of...):

bound; boundary; edge (a line determining the limits of an area)


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