thread1 [θred] n
1¦(for sewing)¦
3 pick up the thread(s)
6¦(on a screw)¦
7 threads
[: Old English; Origin: thrAd]
1.) ¦(FOR SEWING)¦ [U and C]
a long thin string of cotton, silk etc used to sew or weave cloth
I'm looking for a needle and thread.
hand-sewn with gold and silver thread
a spool of thread (=small object that thread is wound around)
2.) ¦(IDEAS)¦ [singular]
an idea, feeling, or feature that connects the different parts of an explanation, story etc
a common thread running within his work
His mind wandered, and he lost the thread of what she was saying (=was no longer able to understand it) .
a thread running through the film
thread of
a thread of spirituality in her work
3.) pick up the thread(s)
to begin something again after a long period, especially a relationship or way of life
They had known each other as children, and were picking up the threads of their friendship.
4.) ¦(INTERNET)¦
a series of messages concerning the same subject, written by members of an Internet discussion group
I'd like to refer to something that was posted in an earlier thread.
5.) ¦(LINE)¦ literary
a long thin line of something, such as light, smoke etc
thread of
The Colorado River was just a thread of silver, 4000 feet below.
filament, ↑thread
6.) ¦(ON A SCREW)¦
a continuous raised line of metal that winds around the curved surface of a screw
7.) threads [plural] AmE old-fashioned clothes
hang by a thread athang1 (9)
thread 2
thread2 v [T usually + adverb/preposition]
1.) to put a thread, string, rope etc through a hole
Will you thread the needle for me?
thread sth through sth
Tom threaded the rope through the safety harness.
2.) to put a film, tape etc correctly through parts of a camera, ↑projector, or ↑tape recorder
3.) to connect two or more objects by pushing something such as string through a hole in them
Sue threaded the glass beads onto a piece of heavy string.
4.) thread your way through/into sth etc
to move through a place by carefully going around things that are blocking your way
She came towards me, threading her way through the crowd.

Dictionary of contemporary 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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