Thread definition

thrĕd
An element suggestive of a thread in being continuous or sequential.

The thread of a story.

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(slang) Clothes.
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Any thin line, stratum, vein, stream, ray, etc.
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(slang) A suit, or clothes generally.
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To string (beads, etc.) on or as if on a thread.
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To fashion a thread on or in (a screw, pipe, etc.)
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To interweave with or as if with threads.

A red tapestry threaded with gold.

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To go along or proceed in a winding way.
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To form a thread when dropped from a spoon.
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To machine a thread on (a screw, nut, or bolt).
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To pass one end of a thread through the eye of (a needle, for example).
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The helical ridge of a screw, bolt, nut, etc.
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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.

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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.

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A helical or spiral ridge on a screw, nut, or bolt.
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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.
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A piece of such cord.
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A thin strand, cord, or filament of natural or manufactured material.
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Something that suggests the fineness or thinness of such a strand, cord, or filament.

A thread of smoke.

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Something that suggests the continuousness of such a strand, cord, or filament.

Lost the thread of his argument.

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A portion of a program that can run independently of and concurrently with other portions of the program.
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A set of posts on a newsgroup, composed of an initial post about a topic and all responses to it.
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To remove (body hair) by using a looped thread that has been wound tightly in the middle.
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To pass (something) through in the manner of a thread.

Thread the wire through the opening.

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To pass a tape or film into or through (a device).

Thread a film projector.

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To pass (a tape or film) into or through a device.
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To make one's way cautiously through.

Threading dark alleys.

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To make (one's way) cautiously through something.
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To make one's way cautiously.

Threaded through the shoals and sandbars.

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To proceed by a winding course.
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To form a thread when dropped from a spoon, as boiling sugar syrup.
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(comput.) A series of forum postings, linked e-mail responses, etc. displayed chronologically and relating typically to a single topic.
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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.
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A similar fine length of synthetic material, as nylon or plastic, or of glass or metal.
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The fine, stringy filament extruded by a spider, silkworm, etc.
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Any of the yarns of which a fabric is woven.
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A fine, stringy length of syrup or other viscous material.
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To pass or feed (tape, film, etc.) into or through (a recorder, projector, etc.)
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To put a thread through the eye of (a needle, etc.)
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To arrange thread for use on (a sewing machine)
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To pass through by twisting, turning, or weaving in and out.

To thread the streets.

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To make (one's way) in this fashion.
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A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
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A theme or idea.

All of these essays have a common thread.

I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.

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A sequence of connections.
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The line midway between the banks of a stream.
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(computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
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(Internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
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A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
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(figuratively) Composition; quality; fineness.
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To put thread through.

Thread a needle.

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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.

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To connect by running a thread through; string.

Thread beads.

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(sports) To throw or send (a pass) though a heavily defended area to a teammate.
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To occur here and there throughout; pervade.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
thread
Plural:
threads

Origin of thread

  • Middle English from Old English thrǣd terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary