The thread of a story.
A red tapestry threaded with gold.
An example of to thread is making a necklace by stringing beads together.
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.
A thread of smoke.
Lost the thread of his argument.
Thread the wire through the opening.
Thread a film projector.
Threading dark alleys.
Threaded through the shoals and sandbars.
To thread the streets.
All of these essays have a common thread.
I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
Thread a needle.
I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.
Other Word Forms
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”).