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1a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving. cotton, nylon, or other fibers spun into long, thin strands and used for sewing.
, chiefly North American clothes.
2a thing resembling a thread in length or thinness, in particular.
chiefly literary a long, thin line or piece of something:the river was a thread of silver below them
a theme or characteristic, typically forming one of several, running throughout a situation or piece of writing:a common thread running through the scandals was the failure to conduct audits 3a group of linked messages posted on an Internet forum that share a common subject or theme. a programming structure or process formed by linking a number of separate elements or subroutines, especially each of the tasks executed concurrently in multithreading.
4 (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.
verb [with object]
1pass a thread through the eye of (a needle) or through the needle and guides of (a sewing machine). pass (a long, thin object or piece of material) through something and into the required position for use:he threaded the rope through a pulley [no object] move carefully or skillfully in and out of obstacles:she threaded her way through the tables interweave or intersperse as if with threads:his hair had become ill-kempt and threaded with gray put (beads, chunks of food, or other small objects) together or singly on a thread, chain, or skewer that runs through the center of each one:Connie sat threading beads 2
(usually as adjective threaded
) cut a screw thread in or on (a hole, screw, or other object).