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thresh·old

threshold

 
 
pronunciation:
thresh hold [or] thresh old
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the piece of wood or stone underneath a door that forms the bottom of the doorway.
synonyms:
sill
similar words:
doorway
definition 2: the point when something starts to happen.
Poor leadership has brought the two countries to the threshold of war.
synonyms:
brink, gateway, verge
similar words:
beginning, dawn, edge, outset, start