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threshing machine

noun, Agriculture
a machine for removing grains and seeds from straw and chaff.
Origin of threshing machine
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now and then comes a day's employment with the threshing-machine when the farmer wants a rick of corn threshed out.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • It was well known, however, that we were not to get the threshing-machine at all.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • He compared himself to a horse harnessed to a threshing-machine.

    A House of Gentlefolk Ivan Turgenev
  • During most of the winter Pelle drove the horse for the threshing-machine.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • But it was a threshing-machine, covered with black cloths that moved in the wind.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • Then he takes them to the threshing-machine, which knocks the little oats off the stalks.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • Some person unknown has put a threshing-machine inside the old bean and substituted a piece of brown paper for our tongue.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • He knew a threshing-machine by sight now, and considered it no more than a prairie bob-cat.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
  • Like pulling a threshing-machine out of the mud; breaks your back.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • The men and machinery and wagons had come early in the day, the engine drawn by two oxen, the threshing-machine by four horses.

British Dictionary definitions for threshing-machine

threshing machine

a machine for threshing crops
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