Thread
Thread 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 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; also, one fiber of a cord composed of multiple fibers. [1913 Webster]

2. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver; a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of bark. [1913 Webster]

3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See {Screw}, n., 1. [1913 Webster]

4. (Fig.) Something continued in a long course or tenor; a recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a discourse. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A neat courtier, Of a most elegant thread. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

6. (Computers) A related sequence of instructions or actions within a program that runs at least in part independent of other actions within the program; -- such threads are capable of being executed only in oprating systems permittnig multitasking. [PJC]

7. (Computers) A sequence of messages posted to an on-line newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a previous posting, thus allowing their identification as part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a user to follow a single such thread independent of the other postings to that newsgroup. [PJC]

{Air thread}, the fine white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders; gossamer.

{Thread and thrum}, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Thread cell} (Zo["o]l.), a lasso cell. See under {Lasso}.

{Thread herring} (Zo["o]l.), the gizzard shad. See under {Gizzard}.

{Thread lace}, lace made of linen thread.

{Thread needle}, a game in which children stand in a row, joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding his neighbor, runs between the others; -- called also {thread the needle}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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 — ► 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

  • thread — index nexus Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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