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thread (θrɛd Pronunciation for thread

Definitions

noun

  1. a fine strand, filament or fibre of some material
  2. a fine cord of twisted filaments, esp of cotton, used in sewing, weaving, etc
  3. any of the filaments of which a spider's web is made
  4. any fine line, stream, mark, or piece   ⇒ from the air, the path was a thread of white
  5. a helical groove in a cylindrical hole (female thread), formed by a tap or lathe tool, or a helical ridge on a cylindrical bar, rod, shank, etc (male thread), formed by a die or lathe tool
  6. a very thin seam of coal or vein of ore
  7. something acting as the continuous link or theme of a whole   ⇒ the thread of the story
  8. the course of an individual's life believed in Greek mythology to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates

verb

  1. (transitive) to pass (thread, film, magnetic tape, etc) through (something)   ⇒ to thread a needle, to thread cotton through a needle
  2. (transitive) to string on a thread   ⇒ she threaded the beads
  3. to make (one's way) through or over (something)
  4. (transitive) to produce a screw thread by cutting, rolling, tapping, or grinding
  5. (transitive) to pervade   ⇒ hysteria threaded his account
  6. (intransitive) (of boiling syrup) to form a fine thread when poured from a spoon

Derived Forms

ˈthreader noun
ˈthreadless adjective
ˈthreadˌlike adjective

Word Origin

Old English thrǣd; related to Old Frisian thrēd, Old High German drāt, Old Norse thrāthr thread

Synonyms

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= theme, motif, train of thought, course, direction, strain, plot, drift, tenor, story line
= move, pass, inch, ease, thrust, meander, squeeze through, pick your way

Translations for 'thread'

  • British English: threadPronunciation for thread Thread or a thread is a long very thin piece of a material such as cotton, nylon, or silk, especially one that is used in sewing.This time I'll do it properly with a needle and thread.θrɛd NOUN
  • Arabic: خَيْطPronunciation for خَيْط
  • Brazilian Portuguese: fioPronunciation for fio
  • Chinese: 线Pronunciation for 线
  • Croatian: konacPronunciation for konac
  • Czech: nitPronunciation for nit
  • Danish: trådPronunciation for tråd
  • Dutch: draadPronunciation for draad
  • European Spanish: hiloPronunciation for hilo
  • Finnish: lankaPronunciation for lanka
  • French: filPronunciation for fil
  • German: FadenPronunciation for Faden Fäden
  • Greek: κλωστήPronunciation for κλωστή
  • Italian: filoPronunciation for filo
  • Japanese: Pronunciation for 糸
  • Korean: Pronunciation for 실
  • Norwegian: hyssingPronunciation for hyssing
  • Polish: nitkaPronunciation for nitka
  • Portuguese: fioPronunciation for fio
  • Romanian: ață ațe
  • Russian: нитьPronunciation for нить
  • Spanish: hiloPronunciation for hilo
  • Swedish: trådPronunciation for tråd
  • Thai: ด้ายPronunciation for ด้าย
  • Turkish: iplikPronunciation for iplik
  • Ukrainian: нитка
  • Vietnamese: sợiPronunciation for sợi
  • British English: thread When you thread a needle, you put a piece of thread through the hole in the top of the needle in order to sew with it. VERBI sit down, thread a needle, snip off an old button.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: enfiar
  • Chinese: 穿
  • European Spanish: enhebrar
  • French: enfiler
  • German: einfädeln
  • Italian: infilare
  • Japanese: 糸を通す
  • Korean: 바늘에 실을 꿰다
  • Portuguese: enfiar
  • Spanish: enhebrar

Example Sentences Including 'thread'

But what matters isn't the truth so much as the thread of narrative.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He kept coming back to Schumacher, a thread which somehow ran through all the mysteries he'd found in this city.
Dobbs, Michael Wall Games
His hair had started to thread with silver round the temples, she noted.
Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATION (2002)
In retrospect, Golding believes that the first time he looked the keel "was hanging by a thread ".
Yachting Boating World (2005)
Our libel laws are merely the journalistic thread I'm pulling at to unravel this particular garment.
Irish Times (2002)
She stopped for a minute, getting hold of a piece of loose thread.
Cassidy, Anne In Real Life
The common thread behind the rush to the LSE is the companies ' desire to grow beyond their national, or even continental, boundaries.
Independent (1999)
The movement of her eyes, The motion of her arm pulling the thread.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Underneath, there is a common thread of caring for the community.
Marian Green A WITCH ALONE

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