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Threshing floor

Thrashing \Thrash"ing\, a. & n. from Thrash, v.

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.

threshing floor

alt. The floor of a threshing house or similar area where grain is threshed. n. The floor of a threshing house or similar area where grain is threshed.

threshing floor

n. a floor or ground area for threshing or treading out grain

Threshing floor

Threshing (thrashing) was originally "...'to tramp or stamp heavily with the feet'..." and was later applied to the act of separating out grain by the feet of people or oxen and still later with the use of a flail. A threshing floor is of two main types: 1) a specially flattened outdoor surface, usually circular and paved, or 2) inside a building with a smooth floor of earth, stone or wood where a farmer would thresh the grain harvest and then winnow it. Animal and steam powered threshing machines from the nineteenth century onward made threshing floors obsolete. The outdoor threshing floor was either owned by the entire village or by a single family, and it was usually located outside the village in a place exposed to the wind.

Usage examples of "threshing floor".

He set the two little boys to sifting the dust of the threshing floor between their fingers after he and the woman had flailed the bean vines, and he shelled the corn upon the floor in the middle room, watching sharply every grain that flew wide.

It was summer and his slaves had reaped, threshed, winnowed and made stacks on the threshing floor, the wheat on the right, the chaff on the left.

It rose and fell from the ground, surrounding the threshing floor.

Two days before, he had challenged him to a fight, in frpnt of the threshing floor.

And the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jeb’.

And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.

There he found another wooden palette like the one on the threshing floor above.

The homestead consisted of a threshing floor, outhouses, stables, a bathhouse, a lodge, and a large brick house with semicircular facade still in course of construction.

Well, the story got around that this particular threshing floor was actually crowning Mount Moriah, the place where in the myth of Abraham and Isaac, the father was ready to slit his son's throat to prove his devotion to Yahweh.

Because may be when they came she'd be hackling flax or threshing on the threshing floor, and they'd be ashamed to see her, and she'd laugh, or resent the present.