- 1A long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibres used in sewing or weaving: he had a loose thread on his shirt • figurative the thread that bound them had snappedMore example sentences
- Woven gauzes are manufactured from cotton yam or threads and woven like fabric.
- She sighed and let her hands rest on her lap, her fingers absently playing with a loose thread of cotton.
- Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Cotton, nylon, or other fibres spun into long, thin strands and used for sewing: she put her needle and thread awayMore example sentences
- The cotton would be cleaned and then spun into yarn or thread.
- She was on a production line that spins cotton thread onto the spools.
- After the nurse stitched the wound with a sewing needle and cotton thread, the mother and baby were transferred and treated by Dr King and his colleagues at the nearest hospital.
- 1.2 • literary A long, thin line or piece of something: the Thames was a thread of silver below themMore example sentences
- The older woman looked much like Jenna, only her face had a few more lines and the long black hair was touched with threads of silver.
- Her hair had silver threads in it, and on her face were the beginnings of lines.
- Now that he's close, I can see a few threads of silver in the thick black hair.
- 2A theme or characteristic running throughout a situation or piece of writing: a major thread running through the book is the primacy of form over substanceMore example sentences
- A common thread throughout this discourse is the sense that members of the subjugated regime are outside the mainstream.
- And throughout, the common thread is the implications of property rights.
- The common thread that ran throughout the entire discussion focused on the chasm that sometimes exists between teachers and retailers.
- 2.1A group of linked messages posted on an Internet forum that share a common subject or theme.More example sentences
- I know there are other threads on this subject, but they are more specific in nature.
- One of the unexpected benefits of posting the article to a newsgroup was that a thread developed on the subject of competition on the London to Manchester route.
- If you have any problems that aren't resolved here, then you can post on the forum thread by clicking here
- 2.2 Computing A programming structure or process formed by linking a number of separate elements or subroutines, especially each of the tasks executed concurrently in multithreading.More example sentences
- Multiple streams of data are characteristic of applications which execute multiple threads and processes in parallel.
- It solves the performance problem by executing all requests as threads in one process, or in a load-balanced system, in one process per server in the cluster.
- All processes are considered threads by the operating system.
- 3 (also screw thread) A helical ridge on the outside of a screw, bolt, etc. or on the inside of a cylindrical hole, to allow two parts to be screwed together.More example sentences
- This can be done either by putting a screw thread of the correct pitch on the barrel's axle or, more often, by shifting a lever.
- She took a standard coffee pot and put a perforated cylinder - similar to a sieve - in the middle, into which she put a plunger on a screw thread.
- A gouge auger is similar, but instead of a screw thread there is a sharp-ended tube with a slot cut in the side.
- 4 (threads) • informal , chiefly North American Clothes: his fine threads and fashionable specsMore example sentences
- Besides, what's the point of wearing the coolest threads of the season if your jacket doesn't say it all?
- I'd love to dress up in the latest threads from designer brands, but I'm a student and just cannot afford it.
- The new womenswear and menswear designer emporiums showcase threads from cutting edge houses, but you can still buy tartan shortbread in the food hall.
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- 1Pass a thread through the eye of (a needle) or through the needle and guides of (a sewing machine): I can’t even thread a needle she threaded up the machine with the right cottonMore example sentences
- I threaded up a needle with linen thread, and took one of the new-cut pieces of fabric and folded back a hem, and began my work.
- I demonstrated how to thread the blunt tapestry needle, where to place the knot and how to hold and move the needle when stitching.
- I stand and look down at the needle as I thread it with ease and neatly begin stitching.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Pass (a long, thin object or piece of material) through something and into the required position for use: he threaded the rope through a pulleyMore example sentences
- The cameraman would show me how to thread the film and how to repair it.
- APS cameras all auto-load these cartridges, so there is no messing about with threading film through a series of rollers.
- I pulled on my pants, threading a black leather belt through the belt loops.
- 1.2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move carefully or skilfully in and out of obstacles: she threaded her way through the tablesMore example sentences
- Carefully we threaded our way through the beach maze, around and between and over what seemed like an endless array of towels, blankets, beach umbrellas, and beach chairs.
- He wanted a car small enough to thread through city streets, yet big enough to take three people and their luggage.
- It was from Manorbier that I persuaded the children to join me in a walk along a small stretch of Pembrokeshire's 186 mile coastal path, threading between heather, sea pinks and campion along a volley of headlands.
- 1.3Interweave or intersperse as if with threads: his hair had become ill-kempt and threaded with greyMore example sentences
- The play tells the story of his life amidst the turbulent times of the Penal Laws, and the narrative is threaded with her music.
- Assertive, clean, black-fruit flavours are threaded with a necessary acidity and backed by chewy oak.
- Waves of aromas and flavours of cigar boxes, ripe juicy blackcurrants and spice all harmoniously integrate with perfumed French oak and are threaded with firm acidity.
- 1.4Put (beads or other small objects) on a thread, chain, etc.: Constance sat threading beadsMore example sentences
- A weight followed by another smaller bead were threaded on the wire.
- It's just a case of threading them together like beads on a string, whether they make sense or not.
- During the fourth year the child learns to cut with scissors and to thread beads, develops a mature pencil grasp, and learns to draw.
- 2 (usually as adjective threaded) Cut a screw thread in or on (a hole, screw, or other object): two threaded holes for machine screws the outer jaw is bored and threaded for set screwsMore example sentences
- That way you'll have a little wiggle room to finesse each screw into its respective hole and get it threaded.
- What they do is to drill a pilot hole in the bolt, and place a bit into the hole that is reverse threaded so that while you are tightening up the bit, it is backing out the bolt.
- For hardwoods, such as flooring, siding and rafters, use spiral threaded nails that turn as they are driven into the wood.
hang by a thread
- Be in a highly precarious state: their lives were hanging by a threadMore example sentences
- But whatever had triggered it - impulsiveness, buttressing his position, or to soothe whatever remained of his conscience - his position hung by a thread.
- Now Louis is fully recovered, and it is hard to believe looking at this happy little boy that his life once hung by a thread.
- The tax authorities must be aware that York City's future hangs by a thread.
lose the (or one's) thread
- Be unable to follow what someone is saying or remember what one is going to say next: she lost the thread of the conversation after a timeMore example sentences
- At this point I lost my thread and was unable to write a further paragraph.
- It's achingly frustrating for the count to keep losing his thread, his memory, his balance.
- You've made me lose my thread.
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- So we left the chatter at the refreshment kiosk and did just that, explored the place off the beaten track, navigating rock to rock, picking up thread-like paths through the heather.
- Our body cells contain 23 pairs of thread-like structures called chromosomes.
- The spinal cord, which runs from the brain down through the bony spinal column, contains thread-like nerves that branch off to every part of the body.
Old English thrǣd (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch draad and German Draht, also to the verb throw. The verb dates from late Middle English.