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thresh

[thresh] /θrɛʃ/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
3.
to thresh wheat, grain, etc.
4.
to deliver blows as if with a flail.
noun
5.
the act of threshing.
Verb phrases
6.
thresh out/over. thrash (def 12).
Also, thrash.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English threschen, thresshen, Old English threscan; cognate with German dreschen, Gothic thriskan; akin to Dutch dorsen, Old Norse thriskja
Related forms
rethresh, verb (used with object)
unthreshed, adjective
Can be confused
thrash, thresh.
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Examples for thresh
  • Wild wheat is difficult to thresh whereas modern wheat is easy to thresh.
British Dictionary definitions for thresh

thresh

/θrɛʃ/
verb
1.
to beat or rub stalks of ripe corn or a similar crop either with a hand implement or a machine to separate the grain from the husks and straw
2.
(transitive) to beat or strike
3.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to toss and turn; thrash
noun
4.
the act of threshing
Word Origin
Old English threscan; related to Gothic thriskan, Old Norse thriskja; see thrash
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Word Origin and History for thresh
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 base *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw). The basic notion is of treading out wheat under foot of men or oxen, later, with the advent of the flail, the word acquired its modern extended sense of "to knock, beat, strike." The original Gmc. sense is suggested by the use of the word in Romanic languages that borrowed it, e.g. It. trescare "to prance," O.Fr. treschier "to dance," Sp. triscar "to stamp the feet." The thresher shark (1609) so called for its long upper tail shape.
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