Definitions for Threadθrɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a fine cord of flax, cotton, or other fibrous material spun out to considerable length, esp. when composed of two or more filaments twisted together.

    Category: Textiles

  2. twisted filaments or fibers of any kind used for sewing.

    Category: Textiles

  3. (loosely) yarn or a piece of yarn used in weaving or knitting.

    Category: Textiles

  4. a filament or fiber of glass or other ductile substance.

  5. Category: Textiles, Navy

    Ref: yarn (def. 3). 3

  6. something having the fineness of a filament, as a thin continuous stream of liquid, a thin line of color, or a thin seam of ore.

  7. the helical ridge of a screw.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. something that runs through the whole course of a thing, connecting successive parts:

    I lost the thread of the story.

  9. Computers.a series of posts on a newsgroup dealing with the same subject.

    Category: Computers

  10. the course of life, as fabled to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates.

  11. threads,Slang. clothes.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  12. (v.t.)to pass the end of a thread through the eye of (a needle).

  13. to fix (beads, pearls, etc.) upon a thread that is passed through; string.

  14. to pass (tape, film, etc.) through or into a narrow opening.

  15. to interweave or ornament with threads:

    silk threaded with gold.

  16. to pass continuously through the whole course of; pervade.

  17. to make (one's way), as past or around obstacles or through a passage:

    He threaded his way through the crowd.

  18. to form a thread on or in (a bolt, hole, etc.).

  19. to place and arrange thread, yarn, etc., in position on (a sewing machine, loom, textile machine, etc.).

    Category: Textiles

  20. (v.i.)to thread one's way.

  21. to move in a threadlike course; wind or twine.

  22. (of boiling syrup) to form a fine thread when poured from a spoon.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of thread:

bef. 900; (n.) ME threed, OE thrǣd, c. OS thrād, OHG drāt, ON thrathr; akin to throw

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thread, yarn(noun)

    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

  2. ribbon, thread(noun)

    any long object resembling a thin line

    "a mere ribbon of land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"

  3. train of thought, thread(noun)

    the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together

    "I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument"

  4. screw thread, thread(verb)

    the raised helical rib going around a screw

  5. weave, wind, thread, meander, wander(verb)

    to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

    "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"

  6. thread(verb)

    pass a thread through

    "thread a needle"

  7. thread(verb)

    remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string

    "She had her eyebrows threaded"

  8. thread(verb)

    pass through or into

    "thread tape"; "thread film"

  9. string, thread, draw(verb)

    thread on or as if on a string

    "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thread(noun)θrɛd

    a long, very thin piece of cotton, nylon, etc. used for sewing

    a needle and thread; a piece of black thread

  2. threadθrɛd

    an idea or quality that connects things

    the thread of the conversation during the evening; Self-confidence is a common thread among entrepreneurs.

  3. thread(verb)θrɛd

    to put a piece of thread through the hole in a needle

    I couldn't thread the needle.

  4. threadθrɛd

    to move carefully between and around things

    as they threaded their way through the crowd


  1. thread(Noun)

    A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.

  2. thread(Noun)

    A theme or idea.

  3. thread(Noun)

    A screw thread.

  4. thread(Noun)

    A sequence of connections.

  5. thread(Noun)

    The line midway between the banks of a stream.

  6. thread(Noun)

    A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.

  7. thread(Noun)

    A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.

  8. thread(Verb)

    To put thread through.

    thread a needle

  9. thread(Verb)

    To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).

    I think I can thread my way through here, but itu2019s going to be tight.

  10. Origin: From threed, þred, from þræd, ðræd, from þrēduz, from treh₁-tu-, from terh₁-. Near cognates include Dutch draad German Draht, Icelandic þráður and Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian dredh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thread(noun)

    a very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length; a compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns doubled, or joined together, and twisted

  2. Thread(noun)

    a filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark; also, a line of gold or silver

  3. Thread(noun)

    the prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw, n., 1

  4. Thread(noun)

    fig.: Something continued in a long course or tenor; a,s the thread of life, or of a discourse

  5. Thread(noun)

    fig.: Composition; quality; fineness

  6. Thread(verb)

    to pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle

  7. Thread(verb)

    to pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to thrid

  8. Thread(verb)

    to form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a screw or nut


  1. Thread

    Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibres, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, and ropemaking. Thread is a type of yarn intended for sewing by hand or machine. Modern manufactured sewing threads may be finished with wax or other lubricants to withstand the stresses involved in sewing. Embroidery threads are yarns specifically designed for hand or machine embroidery.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. thread

    [Usenet, GEnie, CompuServe] Common abbreviation of topic thread, a more or less continuous chain of postings on a single topic. To follow a thread is to read a series of Usenet postings sharing a common subject or (more correctly) which are connected by Reference headers. The better newsreaders can present news in thread order automatically. Not to be confused with the techspeak sense of ‘thread’, e.g. a lightweight process.Interestingly, this is far from a neologism. The OED says: “That which connects the successive points in anything, esp. a narrative, train of thought, or the like; the sequence of events or ideas continuing throughout the whole course of anything;” Citations are given going back to 1642!

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thread' in Nouns Frequency: #2629

Anagrams of Thread

  1. dareth

  2. dearth

  3. hatred

Translations for Thread

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a thin strand of cotton, wool, silk etc, especially when used for sewing

a needle and some thread.

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