What does thread mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thread, yarnnoun

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

  2. ribbon, threadnoun

    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, threadnoun

    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, threadverb

    the raised helical rib going around a screw

  5. weave, wind, thread, meander, wanderverb

    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. threadverb

    pass a thread through

    "thread a needle"

  7. threadverb

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

    "She had her eyebrows threaded"

  8. threadverb

    pass through or into

    "thread tape"; "thread film"

  9. string, thread, drawverb

    thread on or as if on a string

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


  1. threadnoun

    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. threadnoun

    A theme or idea.

  3. threadnoun

    A screw thread.

  4. threadnoun

    A sequence of connections.

  5. threadnoun

    The line midway between the banks of a stream.

  6. threadnoun

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

  7. threadnoun

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

  8. threadverb

    To put thread through.

    thread a needle

  9. threadverb

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

    I think I can thread my way through here, but it's going to be tight.

  10. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THREADnoun

    Etymology: þræd , Saxon; draed, Dutch.

    Let not Bardolph’s vital thread be cut
    With edge of penny cord and vile reproach. William Shakespeare.

    Though the slender thread of dyed silk looked on single seem devoid of redness, yet when numbers of these threads are brought together, their colour becomes notorious. Boyle.

    He who sat at a table but with a sword hanging over his head by one single thread or hair, surely had enough to check his appetite. Robert South, Sermons.

    The art of pleasing is the skill of cutting to a thread, betwixt flattery and ill-manners. Roger L'Estrange.

    The eagerness and trembling of the fancy doth not always regularly follow the same even thread of discourse, but strikes upon some other thing that hath relation to it. Burnet.

    The gout being a disease of the nervous parts, makes it so hard to cure; diseases are so as they are more remote in the thread of the motion of the fluids. Arbuthnot.

  2. To Threadverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The largest crooked needle, with a ligature of the size of that I have threaded it with in taking up the spermatick vessels. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

    Thus out of season threading dark-ey’d night. William Shakespeare.

    Being prest to th’ war,
    Ev’n when the nave of the state was touch’d,
    They would not thread the gates. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.


  1. thread

    A thread is a sequence of programmed instructions that can be executed concurrently with other threads in a computer program. It represents an independent unit of execution within a process and can perform tasks simultaneously with other threads, allowing for multitasking and improved performance in software applications. Threads share resources and memory space with other threads in the same process, making it possible for them to communicate and synchronize their activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Threadnoun

    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. Threadnoun

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

  3. Threadnoun

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

  4. Threadnoun

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

  5. Threadnoun

    fig.: Composition; quality; fineness

  6. Threadverb

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

  7. Threadverb

    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. Threadverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thread

    thred, n. a very thin line of any substance twisted and drawn out: a filament of any fibrous substance: a fine line of yarn: anything resembling a thread: the prominent spiral part of a screw: something continued in long course: the uniform tenor of a discourse.—v.t. to pass a thread through the eye of (as a needle): to pass or pierce through, as a narrow way: to furnish with a thread.—adj. Thread′bare, worn to the bare thread: having the nap worn off: hackneyed: used till its novelty or interest is gone.—n. Thread′bareness.—adj. Thread′en (Shak.), made of thread.—ns. Thread′er; Thread′iness, the state of being thread-like or slender: the quality of containing threads; Thread′-lace, lace made of linen thread; Thread′-pā′per, a piece of thin soft paper for wrapping up a skein of thread.—n.pl. Thread′-worms, a popular name for Nematoda, a class of more or less thread-like worms, many parasitic, others free-living.—adj. Thread′y, like thread: slender: containing, or consisting of, thread.—Thread and thrum, all, the good and bad together; Thread of life, the thread imagined to be spun and cut by the Fates.—Lisle thread, a fine hard-twisted linen thread originally made at Lille in France. [A.S. thrǽdthráwan, to wind, to twist; Ger. drehen.]

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!

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. thread

    [Ang.-Sax. thréd]. The middle of a river or stream.--To thread. To run a ship through narrow and intricate channels among islands.

Editors Contribution

  1. thread

    A type of matter created in various colors, materials, sizes and styles.

    They used various types of thread to sew garments together in the factory.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for thread »

  1. hatred

  2. dareth

  3. dearth

  4. rathed

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thread in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thread in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of thread in a Sentence

  1. Craig Cooning:

    There doesn’t seem to be a common core or thread that runs through it, The critical thing is to find our niche and extrapolate and exploit it ... We're not going to do everything, soup to nuts.

  2. Glenn Beck:

    The Constitution is hanging by a thread. That thread has just been cut. And the only way that we survive now is if we have a true constitutionalist (as president).

  3. Robert Burton:

    No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.

  4. Clara Sorrenti:

    When you get your own thread on Kiwi Farms it means there are enough people who are interested in engaging in a long-term harassment campaign against you, the first thing that Kiwi Farms users did when my thread opened was find the obituary for my dead father and use it to find his memorialized Facebook page.

  5. Craig Cooning:

    There doesn't seem to be a common core or thread that runs through it, The critical thing is to find our niche and extrapolate and exploit it ... We're not going to do everything, soup to nuts.

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    sound of something in rapid motion
    • A. witless
    • B. transparent
    • C. sought
    • D. whirring

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