Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Threaten transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Threatened
; present participle & verbal noun Threatening
.] [ Middle English þretenen
. See Threat
, transitive verb
] 1. To utter threats against; to menace; to inspire with apprehension; to alarm, or attempt to alarm, as with the promise of something evil or disagreeable; to warn.
Let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. Acts iv. 17. 2. To exhibit the appearance of (something evil or unpleasant) as approaching; to indicate as impending; to announce the conditional infliction of; as, to threaten war; to threaten death. Milton.
The skies look grimly Shak. Syn.
And threaten present blusters.
-- To menace. -- Threaten
is Anglo-Saxon, and menace
is Latin. As often happens, the former is the more familiar term; the latter is more employed in formal style. We are threatened
with a drought; the country is menaced
By turns put on the suppliant and the lord: Prior.
Threatened this moment, and the next implored.
Of the sharp ax Somerville.
Regardless, that o'er his devoted head
Hangs menacing .
Threaten intransitive verb To use threats, or menaces; also, to have a threatening appearance.
Though the seas threaten , they are merciful. Shak.
Threatener noun One who threatens. Shak.
Threatening adjective & noun from Threaten , v.
, adverb Threatening letters (Law)
, letters containing threats, especially those designed to extort money, or to obtain other property, by menaces; blackmailing letters.
Threatful adjective Full of threats; having a menacing appearance. Spenser. -- Threat"ful*ly , adverb
Threave noun Same as Thrave .
[ Middle English þre
, Anglo-Saxon þrī
, masc., þreó
, fem. and neut.; akin to OFries. thre
, Old Saxon thria
, Dutch drie
, German drei
, Old High German drī
, Icelandic þrīr
, Dan. & Swedish tre
, Goth. þreis
, Lithuanian trys
, Ir., Gael. & W. tri
, Russian tri
, Latin tres
, Greek trei^s
, Sanskrit tri
. √301. Confer 3d Drilling
.] One more than two; two and one.
"I offer thee three
things." 2 Sam. xxiv. 12.
Three solemn aisles approach the shrine. Keble.
is often joined with other words, forming compounds signifying divided into
, composed of
, or containing
, three parts
, or the like; as, three
- footed, three
-toed, and the like.
Three noun 1. The number greater by a unit than two; three units or objects. 2. A symbol representing three units, as 3 or iii. Rule of three
. (Arith.) See under Rule , noun
Three-coat adjective (Architecture) Having or consisting of three coats; -- applied to plastering which consists of pricking-up, floating, and a finishing coat; or, as called in the United States, a scratch coat, browning, and finishing coat.
Three-color adjective Designating, or pert. to, a photomechanical process employing printings in three colors, as red, yellow, and blue.
1. Having three corners, or angles; as, a three-cornered hat. 2. (Botany) Having three prominent longitudinal angles; as, a three-cornered stem.
Three-decker noun (Nautical) A vessel of war carrying guns on three decks.
Three-flowered adjective (Botany) Bearing three flowers together, or only three flowers.
Three-handed adjective Said of games or contests where three persons play against each other, or two against one; as, a three-handed game of cards.
Three-leafed, Three-leaved adjective (Botany) (a) Producing three leaves; as, three-leaved nightshade. (b) Consisting of three distinct leaflets; having the leaflets arranged in threes. Three-leaved nightshade
. See Trillium .
Three-lobed adjective Having three lobes. Three-lobed leaf (Botany) , a leaf divided into three parts, the sinuses extending not more than half way to the middle, and either the parts of the sinuses being rounded.
Three-mile adjective Of or pertaining to three miles; as, the three-mile limit, or the limit of the marine belt (the three-mile belt or zone ) of three miles included in territorial waters (which see) of a state.
Three-nerved adjective Having three nerves. Three-nerved leaf (Botany) , a leaf having three distinct and prominent ribs, or nerves, extending from the base.
Three-parted adjective Divided into, or consisting of, three parts; tripartite. Three-parted leaf (Botany) , a leaf divided into three parts down to the base, but not entirely separate.
Three-pile noun An old name for the finest and most costly kind of velvet, having a fine, thick pile.
I have served Prince Florizel and in my time wore three- pile . Shak.
Three-piled adjective 1. Having the quality of three-pile; best; most costly.
Thou art good velvet; thou 'rt three-piled piece. Shak. 2. Fig.: Extravagant; exaggerated; high- flown.
hyperboles." Shak. 3. Accustomed to wearing three-pile; hence, of high rank, or wealth.
[ Obsolete] " Three-piled
people." Beau. & Fl.
Three-ply adjective Consisting of three distinct webs inwrought together in weaving, as cloth or carpeting; having three strands; threefold.
Three-pointed adjective (Botany) Having three acute or setigerous points; tricuspidate.
Three-port adjective Having three ports; specif.: Designating a type of two-cycle internal-combustion engine in which the mixture enters the crank case through a port uncovered by the piston near the end of its stroke.
Three-quarter adjective (Paint.) Measuring thirty inches by twenty-five; -- said of portraitures. Three-quarter length , a portrait showing the figure to the hips only.
Three-score adjective Thrice twenty; sixty.
Three-sided adjective Having three sides, especially three plane sides; as, a three-sided stem, leaf, petiole, peduncle, scape, or pericarp.
Three-square adjective Having a cross section in the form of an equilateral triangle; -- said especially of a kind of file.
Three-torque system of control (Aëronautics) Any system of rudders by which the pilot can exert a turning moment about each of the three rectangular axes of an aëroplane or airship.
Three-valved adjective Consisting of, or having, three valves; opening with three valves; as, a three-valved pericarp.
Three-way adjective Connected with, or serving to connect, three channels or pipes; as, a three-way cock or valve.
[ Middle English þreofald
; confer Anglo-Saxon þrīfeald
.] Consisting of three, or thrice repeated; triple; as, threefold justice.
A threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl. iv. 12.
Threepence noun A small silver coin of three times the value of a penny. [ Eng.]
Threepenny adjective Costing or worth three pence; hence, worth but little; poor; mean.
[ Latin threnus
, Greek .... Confer Drone
.] Lamentation; threnody; a dirge. Shak.
The threns . . . of the prophet Jeremiah. Jer. Taylor.
Threnetic, Threnetical adjective
[ Greek .... See Threne
.] Pertaining to a threne; sorrowful; mournful.
Threnode noun A threne, or threnody; a dirge; a funeral song.
Threnodist noun One who composes, delivers, or utters, a threnode, or threnody.
[ Greek ...; ... a dirge + ... a song. See Threne
, and Ode
.] A song of lamentation; a threnode. Sir T. Herbert.
Threpe transitive verb
[ See Threap
.] To call; to term.
[ Obsolete] "Luna silver we threpe
Threpsology noun [ Greek ... nourishment + -logy .] (Medicine) The doctrine of nutrition; a treatise on nutrition.
Thresh transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Threshed
; present participle & verbal noun Threshing
.] Same as Thrash .
He would thresh , and thereto dike and delve. Chaucer.
Thresh-fold noun Threshold. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Middle English threswold
, Anglo-Saxon þrescwald
, from þrescan
, to thresh; akin to Icelandic þreskjöde
, Swedish tröskel
, Danish tærskel
. See Thrash
.] 1. The plank, stone, or piece of timber, which lies under a door, especially of a dwelling house, church, temple, or the like; the doorsill; hence, entrance; gate; door. 2. Fig.: The place or point of entering or beginning, entrance; outset; as, the threshold of life.
Threshwold noun Threshold. [ Obsolete]
Threste transitive verb
[ imperfect Threste
; past participle & Threst
.] To thrust.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Thretteen adjective Thirteen. [ Obsolete or Scot.]
Thretty adjective Thirty. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Burns.
Threw imperfect of Throw .