Definitions for: Thrash


[n] a swimming kick used while treading water
[v] beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
[v] give a thrashing to; beat hard
[v] beat the seeds out of a grain; in agriculture
[v] move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation; of overloaded paging systems; "The system is thrashing again!"
[v] beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
[v] move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"
[v] dance the slam dance



Webster (1913) Definition: Thrash, Thresh Thresh, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Thrashed; p. pr. & vb. n. Thrashing.] [OE.
[thorn]reschen, [thorn]reshen, to beat, AS. [thorn]erscan,
[thorn]rescan; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G.
dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel. [thorn]reskja, Sw. tr["o]ska,
Dan. t[ae]rske, Goth. [thorn]riskan, Lith. traszketi to
rattle, Russ. treskate to burst, crackle, tresk' a crash,
OSlav. troska a stroke of lighting. Cf. Thresh.]
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 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 M[ae]vius, thrash for rhymes, Like
his, the scorn and scandal of the times. --Dryden.

Synonyms: bat, clobber, convulse, drub, jactitate, lick, mosh, slam, slam dance, slash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss

See Also: agitate, beat, beat, beat out, beat up, crush, dance, pound, shake, shell, swap, swimming kick, thump, treading water, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, trounce, vanquish, whip, work over

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