verb Etymology: Middle English thresshen, from Old English threscan; akin to Old High German dreskan to thresh Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to separate seed from (a harvested plant) mechanically; also to separate (seed) in this way 2. thrash 4 3. to strike repeatedly intransitive verb 1. to thresh grain 2. a. thrash 2 b. thrash 3

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  • thresh — thresh·er; thresh·er·man; thresh; thresh·old; …   English syllables

  • thresh — [thresh] vt. [ME threschen: earlier form of THRASH] 1. to beat out (grain) from its husk, as with a flail 2. to beat grain out of (husks) 3. to beat or strike as with a flail vi. 1. to thresh grain 2. to toss about; thrash …   English World dictionary

  • Thresh — Thresh, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Threshed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threshing}.] Same as {Thrash}. [1913 Webster] He would thresh, and thereto dike and delve. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thresh — /thresh/, v.t. 1. to separate the grain or seeds from (a cereal plant or the like) by some mechanical means, as by beating with a flail or by the action of a threshing machine. 2. to beat as if with a flail. v.i. 3. to thresh wheat, grain, etc. 4 …   Universalium

  • thresh — O.E. þrescan, þerscan to beat, sift grain by trampling or beating, from P.Gmc. *threskanan to thresh, originally to tread, to stamp noisily (Cf. M.Du. derschen, Du. dorschen, O.H.G. dreskan, Ger. dreschen, O.N. þreskja, Goth. þriskan), from PIE… …   Etymology dictionary

  • thresh — index beat (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thresh — [θreʃ] v [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: threscan] to separate grains of corn, wheat etc from the rest of the plant by beating it with a special tool or machine >thresher n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thresh — [ θreʃ ] verb intransitive or transitive to separate the grain from the rest of a crop such as wheat using a tool or machine ╾ threshing noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thresh — ► VERB 1) separate grain from (corn or other crops). 2) variant spelling of THRASH(Cf. ↑thrasher) …   English terms dictionary

  • Thresh — Thrash Thrash, Thresh Thresh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thrashed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thrashing}.] [OE. [thorn]reschen, [thorn]reshen, to beat, AS. [thorn]erscan, [thorn]rescan; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G. dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thresh — v. 1 tr. beat out or separate grain from (corn etc.). 2 intr. = THRASH v. 4. 3 tr. (foll. by over) analyse (a problem etc.) in search of a solution. Phrases and idioms: threshing floor a hard level floor for threshing esp. with flails. threshing… …   Useful english dictionary

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