Variant of thread
- 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.
- ☆ Slang a suit, or clothes generally
Origin: Middle 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
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