1. To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off,
as the kernels of grain; as, to thrash wheat, rye, or oats; to thrash over the old straw.
The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by machines.H. Spencer.
2. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
(Thrash, Thresh), v. t.
1. To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw; as, a man
who thrashes well.
2. Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.
I rather would be Mævius, thrash for rhymes,Dryden.
Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times.
(Thrash"el) n. An instrument to thrash with; a flail. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Thrash"er Thresh"er) , n.
1. One who, or that which, thrashes grain; a thrashing machine.
2. (Zoöl.) A large and voracious shark remarkable for the great length of the upper lobe of its tail, with
which it beats, or thrashes, its prey. It is found both upon the American and the European coasts. Called
also fox shark, sea ape, sea fox, slasher, swingle-tail, and thrasher shark.
3. (Zoöl.) A name given to the brown thrush and other allied species. See Brown thrush.
Sage thrasher. (Zoöl.) See under Sage. Thrasher whale (Zoöl.), the common killer of the Atlantic.
Thrashing floor, Threshing-floor, or Threshing floor, a floor or area on which grain is beaten out.
Thrashing machine, a machine for separating grain from the straw.
(Thrash"ing) a. & n. from Thrash, v.
(Thra*son"ic*al) a. [From Thrso, the name of a braggart soldier in Terence's "Eunuch:" cf.
L. Thrasonianus.] Of or pertaining to Thraso; like, or becoming to, Thraso; bragging; boastful; vainglorious.
Cæsar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and overcame.'Shak.
(Thraste) v. t. [imp. Thraste; p. p. Thrast.] To thrust. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Thrave) n. [OE. þrave, þreve, Icel. þrefi; akin to Dan. trave; cf. Icel. þrifa to grasp.]
1. Twenty-four (in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook. [Prov. Eng.]
2. The number of two dozen; also, an indefinite number; a bunch; a company; a throng. "The worst of a
thrave." [Obs.] Landsdowne MS.
He sends forth thraves of ballads to the sale.Bp. Hall.
(Thraw) n. & v. See Throse. [Scot.] Burns.
(Thread) n. [OE. threed, þred, AS. þr&aemacrd; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG.
drat, Icel. þraðr a thread, Sw. tråd, Dan. traad, and AS. þrawan to twist. See Throw, and cf. Third.]