American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To beat the stems and husks of (grain or cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains or seeds from the straw.
- v. To separate (grains or seeds) in this manner.
- v. To discuss or examine (an issue, for example) repeatedly.
- v. To beat severely; thrash.
- v. To use a machine or flail to separate grain or seeds from straw.
- v. To thrash about; toss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In wire-drawing, to raise (a wire rod or bar of small section) high in the air and throw it heavily against a flat smooth plate on the ground in order to straighten it or to loosen the scale and dirt.
- To beat out or separate the grain or seeds from, by means of a flail or a threshing-machine, or by treading with oxen: in this sense commonly thresh.
- To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; drub; hence, to beat in any way: in this sense commonly thrash.
- To practise threshing; beat out grain from straw with a flail or a threshing-machine: in this sense commonly thresh.
- To beat about; labor; drudge; toil.
- To throw one's self about; toss to and fro: usually with about: in this sense commonly thrash.
- n. See thrash.
- v. transitive, agriculture To separate the grain from the straw or husks by mechanical beating, with a flail or machinery.
- v. transitive, literary To beat soundly, usually with some tool such as a stick or whip; to drub.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Same as thrash.
- v. give a thrashing to; beat hard
- v. move like a flail; thresh about
- v. beat the seeds out of a grain
- v. move or stir about violently
- Old English þrescan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English thresshen, from Old English therscan; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Many plants have heads so large they're easy to harvest or "thresh" once they finish flowering and drying.”
“Extraordinarily rare even among the most accomplished seamstresses, chefs and carpenters are those who spin their own fibers, thresh their own wheat or trim their own lumber—all once common skills.”
“There is a killing power thresh hold beyond which is simply more unnecessry bang,. and under no circumstances I am aware of dose that required power level (IE: bang/killing power) reach that required to blow up guns and people.”
“The next elections which are state primaries will thresh out some of these Libertarians that will face the onslaught of a real press.”
“All for to go to market, boys, we must thresh in the barn.”
“I would do almost anything necesary to protect my dog cause from the moment its feet pass over the thresh hold of my house that dog is a part of my family.”
“Laborers thresh wheat in a field at Birbalpura village, near Amri tsar, India, October 5, 2008.”
“Yet still the unresting castles thresh in full-grown thickness every May.”
“We can actually do experiments with human perception and itâs been determined that there are thresh holds of perception, etc.”
“In 1830, producing 100 bushels of wheat required about 250 to 300 labor hours by hand, using broadcast sowing, a walking plow, scythes to cut, and flails to thresh kernels from the chaff.”
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