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English noun: threshold

1. threshold (time) the starting point for a new state or experience

SamplesOn the threshold of manhood.

Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time

2. threshold (cognition) the smallest detectable sensation


Broader (hypernym)aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression

Narrower (hyponym)absolute threshold, difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold

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

SamplesHe stuck his head in the doorway.

Synonymsdoor, doorway, room access

Broader (hypernym)entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway

Narrower (hyponym)exterior door, outside door

Part holonymcase, casing, door, doorcase, doorframe, doorsill, doorstep, threshold

Part meronymwall

4. threshold (artifact) 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

Synonymsdoorsill, doorstep

Broader (hypernym)sill

Part meronymdoor, doorway, room access, threshold

5. threshold (shape) a region marking a boundary

Synonymsbrink, verge

Broader (hypernym)bound, boundary, edge

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