A threshold is what you step across when you enter a room. A threshold takes you from one place into another, and when you're about to start something new, you're also on a threshold.

  • Pronunciation: /ˈθreʃhəuld/
  • English Description: the entrance to a room or building, or the area of floor or ground at the entrance
  • Chinese Translation: 开端(Kai1 Duan1)
  • Spanish Translation: umbral
  • STORY: A threshold is a point of departure or transition. Graduation can mark a threshold — when you graduate from circus school, you're standing at the threshold of your new career as a trapeze artist. Another kind of threshold is a limit or boundary. If you have a high threshold for pain, you can tolerate a lot of it, and your dentist can drill away without worrying about your squirming and howling.


  • The temperature mark is the warming threshold at which governments say climate change could become catastrophic and irreversible.Reuters May 19, 2015

  • Of the seven products that did not carry gluten-free labels, four tested positive for gluten, including two that exceeded the F.D.A. threshold.

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