thread
I. noun Etymology: Middle English thred, from Old English thrǣd; akin to Old High German drāt wire, Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn — more at throw Date: before 12th century 1. a. a filament, a group of filaments twisted together, or a filamentous length formed by spinning and twisting short textile fibers into a continuous strand b. a piece of thread 2. a. any of various natural filaments <
the threads of a spiderweb
>
b. a slender stream (as of water) c. a projecting helical rib (as in a fitting or on a pipe) by which parts can be screwed together ; screw thread 3. something continuous or drawn out: as a. a line of reasoning or train of thought that connects the parts in a sequence (as of ideas or events) <
lost the thread of the story
>
b. a continuing element <
a thread of melancholy marked all his writing
>
c. a series of newsgroup messages following a single topic 4. a tenuous or feeble support <
hung on by a thread
>
5. plural clothingthreadless adjectivethreadlike adjective II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to pass a thread through the eye of (a needle) b. to arrange a thread, yarn, or lead-in piece in working position for use in (a machine) 2. a. (1) to pass something through in the manner of a thread <
thread a pipe with wire
>
(2) to pass (as a tape, line, or film) into or through something <
threaded a fresh roll of film into the camera
>
b. to make one's way through or between <
threading narrow alleys
>
; also to make one's way usually cautiously through a hazardous situation 3. to put together on or as if on a thread ; string <
thread beads
>
4. to interweave with or as if with threads ; intersperse <
dark hair threaded with silver
>
5. to form a screw thread on or in intransitive verb 1. weave 2 <
the car threaded through traffic
>
2. to form a thread • threader noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 — thread; thread·bare·ness; thread·dle; thread·ed; thread·en; thread·er; thread·i·ness; thread·less; thread·let; un·thread; …   English syllables

  • 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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