Threads of sunlight streaming through the trees.
- The definition of thread is a fine line, streak or string.
- An example of thread is a thin line of sunlight coming through a covered window.
- An example of thread is the string that is used for sewing two pieces of fabric together.
- To thread is defined as to string things together or put thread through a needle or into a sewing machine.
An example of to thread is making a necklace by stringing beads together.
- a light, fine, stringlike length of material made up of two or more fibers or strands of spun cotton, flax, silk, etc. twisted together and used in sewing
- a similar fine length of synthetic material, as nylon or plastic, or of glass or metal
- the fine, stringy filament extruded by a spider, silkworm, etc.
- any of the yarns of which a fabric is woven
- a fine, stringy length of syrup or other viscous material
- any thin line, stratum, vein, stream, ray, etc.
- an element suggestive of a thread in being continuous or sequential: the thread of a story
- the helical ridge of a screw, bolt, nut, etc.
- [pl.]Slang a suit, or clothes generally
- Comput. a series of forum postings, linked e-mail responses, etc. displayed chronologically and relating typically to a single topic
Origin of threadMiddle English threde from Old English thræd (akin to German draht) from base of thrawan, to twist: see throw
- to put a thread through the eye of (a needle, etc.)
- to arrange thread for use on (a sewing machine)
- to string (beads, etc.) on or as if on a thread
- to fashion a thread (sense ) on or in (a screw, pipe, etc.)
- to interweave with or as if with threads: a red tapestry threaded with gold
- to pass through by twisting, turning, or weaving in and out: to thread the streets
- to make (one's way) in this fashion
- to pass or feed (tape, film, etc.) into or through (a recorder, projector, etc.)
- to go along or proceed in a winding way
- to form a thread when dropped from a spoon: said of boiling syrup that has reached a certain consistency
- a. Fine cord of a fibrous material, such as cotton or flax, made of two or more filaments twisted together and used in needlework and the weaving of cloth.b. A piece of such cord.
- a. A thin strand, cord, or filament of natural or manufactured material.b. Something that suggests the fineness or thinness of such a strand, cord, or filament: a thread of smoke.c. Something that suggests the continuousness of such a strand, cord, or filament: lost the thread of his argument.
- A helical or spiral ridge on a screw, nut, or bolt.
- Computers a. A portion of a program that can run independently of and concurrently with other portions of the program.b. A set of posts on a newsgroup, composed of an initial post about a topic and all responses to it.
- threads Slang Clothes.
verbthread·ed, thread·ing, threads
- a. To pass one end of a thread through the eye of (a needle, for example).b. To pass (something) through in the manner of a thread: thread the wire through the opening.c. To pass a tape or film into or through (a device): thread a film projector.d. To pass (a tape or film) into or through a device.
- To connect by running a thread through; string: thread beads.
- Sports To throw or send (a pass) though a heavily defended area to a teammate.
- a. To make one's way cautiously through: threading dark alleys.b. To make (one's way) cautiously through something.
- To occur here and there throughout; pervade: “More than 90 geologic faults thread the Los Angeles area” ( Science News )
- To machine a thread on (a screw, nut, or bolt).
- To remove (body hair) by using a looped thread that has been wound tightly in the middle.
- To make one's way cautiously: threaded through the shoals and sandbars.
- To proceed by a winding course.
- To form a thread when dropped from a spoon, as boiling sugar syrup.
Origin of threadMiddle English from Old English thrǣd ; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
- A theme or idea.
- All of these essays have a common thread.
- I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
- A screw thread.
- A sequence of connections.
- The line midway between the banks of a stream.
- (computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
- (Internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
- A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
- (figuratively) composition; quality; fineness
(third-person singular simple present threads, present participle threading, simple past threaded, (archaic) thrid, past participle threaded, (archaic) thridden)
- To put thread through.
- thread a needle
- To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
- I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.
From Middle English threed, þred, from Old English þrǽd, ðrǽd, from Proto-Germanic *þrēduz, from Proto-Indo-European *treh₁-tu-, from *terh₁- (“rub, twist”). Near cognates include Dutch draad German Draht, Icelandic þráður and Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian dredh (“twist, turn”).
thread - Computer Definition
(1) In a multithreaded system, a thread is one process that occurs simultaneously with other processes. See multithreading.