from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To beat with or as if with a flail, especially as a punishment. See Synonyms at beat.
- transitive v. To swing or strike in a manner suggesting the action of a flail: The alligator thrashed its tail.
- transitive v. To defeat utterly; vanquish.
- transitive v. To thresh.
- transitive v. To sail (a boat) against opposing winds or tides.
- intransitive v. To move wildly or violently: thrashed about all night.
- intransitive v. To strike or flail.
- intransitive v. To thresh.
- intransitive v. To sail against opposing tides or winds.
- n. The act or an instance of thrashing.
- n. Music See speed metal.
- thrash out To discuss fully.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To beat mercilessly.
- v. To defeat utterly.
- v. To thresh.
- v. To move about wildly or violently; to flail.
- v. To extensively test a software system, giving a program various inputs and observing the behavior and outputs that result.
- v. In computer architecture, to cause poor performance of a virtual memory (or paging) system.
- n. A beat or blow; the sound of beating.
- n. A particularly aggressive and intense form of heavy metal music with a focus on speed, technical precision, and alternate picking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off, as the kernels of grain.
- transitive v. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
- transitive v. To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw.
- transitive v. Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See thresh.
- n. A rush.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
- v. move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation
- v. dance the slam dance
- v. give a thrashing to; beat hard
- v. move or stir about violently
- v. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
- n. a swimming kick used while treading water
- v. beat the seeds out of a grain
Variant of thresh.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Proto-Germanic *þreskanan, whence also Old High German dreskan, Old Norse þreskja (Wiktionary)