thread1 [ θred ] noun **
▸ 1 used for sewing
▸ 2 line around screw
▸ 3 long line of something
▸ 4 idea that connects
▸ 5 series of messages
▸ 6 very small amount/level
▸ 7 clothes
1. ) count or uncount a long thin fiber used for sewing pieces of cloth together or for weaving:
cotton/silk/nylon thread
You need a longer piece of thread.
a ) a long thin fiber or piece of something:
a caterpillar dangling by a silken thread
2. ) count the raised line that curves around a screw or the inside of the cover of a container
3. ) count a long thin line of something:
thread of: A silvery thread of water cut through the forest.
4. ) count an idea or condition that exists in all the different parts of something and connects them:
a common/connecting thread: There is a common thread running through all the problems.
5. ) count COMPUTING a series of messages on a MESSAGE BOARD
6. ) count thread of LITERARY a very small amount or level of something:
Her voice was a whisper, a thin thread of sound.
7. ) threads plural INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED clothes
hang by a thread
to be in great danger of death or failure:
His son's life was hanging by a thread.
lose the thread
1. ) to stop concentrating so that you do not understand what someone is saying:
More than once she lost the thread and had to ask them to speak more slowly.
2. ) to stop concentrating and forget what you intended to say next
pick up/take up the threads
to start doing something again that you had stopped doing:
I picked up the threads of ordinary life again.
thread 2 [ θred ] verb transitive
1. ) to put something long and thin through a hole or space:
Thread the rope through the rings and tie firmly.
a ) thread your fingers through something to push your fingers through something, especially hair
b ) thread a needle to put a piece of THREAD through a needle
2. ) to connect objects by putting a THREAD through them:
Jack was threading popcorn to hang on the tree.
thread your way around/through/between etc.
to move carefully through a place, avoiding people or things that are in your way:
She threaded her way through the narrow alleys.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Thread — (thr[e^]d), n. [OE. threed, [thorn]red, AS. [thorn]r[=ae]d; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG. dr[=a]t, Icel. [thorn]r[=a][eth]r a thread, Sw. tr[*a]d, Dan. traad, and AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist. See {Throw}, and cf. {Third}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thread — thread; thread·bare·ness; thread·dle; thread·ed; thread·en; thread·er; thread·i·ness; thread·less; thread·let; un·thread; …   English syllables

  • thread — [thred] n. [ME threde < OE thræd (akin to Ger draht) < base of thrawan, to twist: see THROW] 1. a) 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Thread — Thread, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threading}.] 1. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle. [1913 Webster] 2. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one s way, through or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thread|y — «THREHD ee», adjective, thread|i|er, thread|i|est. 1. consisting of or resembling a thread; threadlike. 2. a) composed of fine fibers; …   Useful english dictionary

  • thread — ► NOUN 1) a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibres used in sewing or weaving. 2) a long thin line or piece of something. 3) (also screw thread) a spiral ridge on the outside of a screw, bolt, etc. or on the inside of a cylindrical… …   English terms dictionary

  • thread — (n.) O.E. þræd fine cord, especially when twisted (related to þrawan to twist ), from P.Gmc. *thrædus (Cf. M.Du. draet, Du. draad, O.H.G. drat, Ger. Draht, O.N. þraðr), from suffixed form of root *thræ twist (see THROW (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thread — [θrɛd] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. thread, eigtl. »Faden«> Folge von Nachrichten zu einem Thema in einer ↑Newsgroup (EDV) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • thread — thread. См. нить. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Thread — (spr. thredd, »Faden«), die engl. Haspellänge: bei Baumwollengarn (auch bout) und der in Deutschland üblichen Weise (middle reel) für Kammgarn = 1,5 Yards, bei der meist gebräuchlichen kurzen Weise (short reel) für Kammgarn = 1 Yard oder 91,44 cm …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Thread — (spr. thredd), die engl. Haspellänge, bei Baumwollgarn zu 11/2 Yards = 137,16 cm, bei Wollgarn zu 1 Yard = 91,144 cm, bei Leinen und Hanfgarn zu 21/2 Yards = 228,597 cm, bei gezwirnter Seide zu 1 1/3 Yards = 121,92 cm …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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