noun \ˈthred\

: a long, thin piece of cotton, silk, etc., used for sewing

: a long, thin line of something

: the raised line that winds around a screw

Full Definition of THREAD

a :  a filament, a group of filaments twisted together, or a filamentous length formed by spinning and twisting short textile fibers into a continuous strand
b :  a piece of thread
a :  any of various natural filaments <the threads of a spiderweb>
b :  a slender stream (as of water)
c :  a projecting helical rib (as in a fitting or on a pipe) by which parts can be screwed together :  screw thread
:  something continuous or drawn out: as
a :  a line of reasoning or train of thought that connects the parts in a sequence (as of ideas or events) <lost the thread of the story>
b :  a continuing element <a thread of melancholy marked all his writing>
c :  a series of newsgroup messages following a single topic
:  a tenuous or feeble support <hung on by a thread>
plural :  clothing
thread·less \-ləs\ adjective
thread·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of THREAD

  1. A thread was hanging from the hem of her coat.
  2. <the unwary bug was snared in the sticky threads of the spider's web>

Origin of THREAD

Middle English thred, from Old English thrǣd; akin to Old High German drāt wire, Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn — more at throw
First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with THREAD



: to put a thread, string, rope, etc., through a hole in something

: to put (film or tape) into a movie camera, tape recorder, etc., so that it is ready to be used

: to move forward by turning and going through narrow spaces

Full Definition of THREAD

transitive verb
a :  to pass a thread through the eye of (a needle)
b :  to arrange a thread, yarn, or lead-in piece in working position for use in (a machine)
a (1) :  to pass something through in the manner of a thread <thread a pipe with wire> (2) :  to pass (as a tape, line, or film) into or through something <threaded a fresh roll of film into the camera>
b :  to make one's way through or between <threading narrow alleys>; also :  to make one's way usually cautiously through a hazardous situation
:  to put together on or as if on a thread :  string <thread beads>
:  to interweave with or as if with threads :  intersperse <dark hair threaded with silver>
:  to form a screw thread on or in
intransitive verb
:  weave 2 <the car threaded through traffic>
:  to form a thread
thread·er noun

Examples of THREAD

  1. She threaded her shoelace through the holes.
  2. thread film through a camera
  3. They had to thread their way through the crowd.
  4. Waiters threaded through the crowd.
  5. a river that threads through narrow valleys

First Known Use of THREAD

14th century
May 26, 2015
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grossly irreverent
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