Thread and thrum
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]


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  • thread and thrum — All, the good and bad together • • • Main Entry: ↑thread …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 cell — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thread herring — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thread lace — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thread needle — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thread the needle — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thrum — I [[t]θrʌm[/t]] v. thrummed, thrum•ming, n. 1) to pluck the strings of a guitar or other stringed instrument, esp. idly; strum 2) to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar 3) to drum or tap idly with the fingers 4) to play (a stringed instrument or… …   From formal English to slang

  • thrum — thrum1 thrummer, n. /thrum/, v., thrummed, thrumming, n. v.i. 1. to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, esp. in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum. 2. to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar or… …   Universalium

  • thrum — I. /θrʌm / (say thrum) verb (thrummed, thrumming) –verb (i) 1. to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskilful manner. 2. to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar, etc. 3. to… …   Australian English dictionary

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