re·​thread (ˌ)rē-ˈthred How to pronounce rethread (audio)
rethreaded; rethreading

transitive verb

: to thread (something) again : to pass a thread, string, etc. through (something) again
rethread a needle
rethread a sewing machine
… shows were constantly interrupted because the antiquated 16-millimetre film equipment required film reels to be rethreaded every 40 minutes.Kevin Plummer

Examples of rethread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Find directions for how to rethread the harness here on the Doona site. Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rethread was in 1820

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“Rethread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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