Dictionary: THRACK – THREAP

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THRACK, v.t.

To load or burden. [Not in use.] South.

THRALL, n. [Sax. thrall, a slave or servant; Dan. træl; Sw. träll; Ice. troel; Ir. trail; Gaelic, traill.]

  1. A slave.
  2. Slavery. [Obs.]

THRALL, v.t.

To enslave. [Obs. Enthrall is in use.]

THRALL'DOM, n. [Dan. trældom.]

Slavery; bondage; a state of servitude. The Greeks lived in thralldom under the Turks, nearly four hundred years. He shall rule, and she in thralldom live. Dryden. [This word is in good use.]


Having no thralls.

THRA'NI-TAE, n. [THRA'NI-TÆ. plur. Gr. θρανιτης, from θρανος, a seat, θραω, to sit.]

The uppermost or foremost of the three classes of rowers in an Athenian trireme. Brande.


The windpipe of an animal. [Not an English word.] Scott.

THRASH, v.i.

  1. To practice thrashing; to perform the business of thrashing; as, a man who thrashes well.
  2. To labor; to drudge. I rather would be Mevus, thrash for rhymes, / Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times. Dryden.

THRASH, v.t. [Sax. tharscan, or therscan; G. dreschen; D. dorschen; Sw. tröska; Ice. therskia. It is written thrash or thresh. The common pronunciation is thrash.]

  1. To beat out grain from the husk with a flail; as, to thrash wheat, rye or oats.
  2. To beat Indian corn off from the cob or spike; as, to thrash maiz.
  3. To beat soundly with a stick or whip; to drub. Shak.


  1. Beaten out of the husk or off the ear.
  2. Freed from the grain by beating.


  1. One who thrashes grain.
  2. A species of shark.


The act of beating out grain with a flail; a sound drubbing.


Beating out of the husk or off the ear; beating soundly with a stick or whip.

THRASH'ING-FLOOR, n. [thrash and floor.]

A floor or area on which grain is beaten out. Dryden.

THRA-SON'IC-AL, a. [from Thraso, a boaster in old comedy.]

  1. Boasting; implying to bragging.
  2. Boastful; implying ostentatious display. Shak.

THRAVE, n.1 [Sax. draf, a drove.]

A drove; a herd. [Not in use.]

THRAVE, n.2 [W. dreva, twenty-four; drev, a bundle or tie.]

  1. The number of two dozen.
  2. Twenty-four sheaves of grain set up in the field.

THREAD, or THRED, n. [Sax. thred, thræd; D. draad; Sw. träd; Dan. traad; probably from drawing.]

  1. A very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk or other fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length.
  2. The filament of a flower. Botany.
  3. The filament of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
  4. A fine filament or line of gold or silver.
  5. Air-threads, the fine white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders.
  6. Something continued in a long course or tenor; as, the thread of a discourse. Burnet.
  7. The prominent spiral part of a screw.

THREAD, v.t.

  1. To pass a thread through the eye; as, to thread a needle.
  2. To pass or pierce through, as a narrow way or channel. They would not thread the gates. Shak. Heavy trading ships – threading the Bosphorus. Mitford.

THREAD'BARE, a. [thread and bare.]

  1. Worn to the naked thread; having the nap worn off; as, a threadbare coat; threadbare clothes. Spenser. Dryden.
  2. Worn out; trite; hackneyed; used till it has lost its novelty or interest; as, a threadbare subject; state topics and threadbare quotations. Swift.


The state of being threadbare or trite.


Made of thread; as, threaden sails. [Little used.] Shak.


In botany, filiform.


  1. Like thread or filaments; slender. Granger.
  2. Containing thread. Dyer.

THREAP, v.t. [Sax. threapian, or rather threagan.]

To chide, contend or argue. [Local.] Ainsworth.