Definitions for: Thread


[n] the raised helical rib going around a screw
[n] a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
[n] 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"
[n] any long object resembling a thin line; "a mere ribbon of land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the road was a gray thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"
[v] thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"
[v] pass a thread through; "thread a needle"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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

4. Fig.: Something continued in a long course or tenor; a,s
the thread of life, or of a discourse. --Bp. Burnet.

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

A neat courtier, Of a most elegant thread. --B.
Jonson.

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.


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.

2. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect
or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to
thrid.

Heavy trading ships . . . threading the Bosphorus.
--Mitford.

They would not thread the gates. --Shak.

3. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a
screw or nut.

Synonyms: draw, meander, ribbon, screw thread, string, train of thought, wander, weave, wind, yarn

See Also: arrange, bead, blade, cerebration, cord, cotton, dental floss, filling, floss, go, intellection, Lastex, ligature, locomote, mentation, move, object, physical object, pick, pile, purl, rib, screw, set up, snake, suture, thinking, thought, tinsel, travel, warp, weft, wire, woof, worsted

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