- any of a number of fibers twisted into a yarn.
- a yarn, especially as enumerated in describing small stuff.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of thread
Related Words for threadcord, wire, string, yarn, hair, fiber, strand, filament, wool, ribbon, cotton, silk, braid, gossamer, lisle, fibril, floss, ligature, twine, warp
Examples from the Web for thread
Contemporary Examples of thread
There, he first picked up needle and thread to mend the shirt of an SS guard who had just beaten him.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale
December 5, 2014
Malaysian airlines In the Reddit thread “What is the Best ‘Too Soon’ costume for Halloween?”Sexy Ebola Nurse & More of the Year’s Worst Halloween Costumes
October 30, 2014
Made from Japanese paper and thread, her rebozo is a critique of the condition of the planet and human behavior, the artist said.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo
June 16, 2014
There will always be a thread between us, we have children together, that is very powerful.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
He's not the easiest actor to cast; the needle may be too difficult to thread.Is This the End of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Comeback?
March 30, 2014
Historical Examples of thread
Isn't it annoying when one can't pick up the thread of a conversation?The Incomplete Amorist
Minnie shook her head mysteriously, and bit a thread with a vague frown.The Gentleman From Indiana
She only holds him by a thread; and if you draw it too tight (I know his temper) it'll snap.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
We now resume the thread of our narrative where Ney's journal left off.Freeland
She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Word Origin for thread
Old English þræd "fine cord, especially when twisted" (related to þrawan "to twist"), from Proto-Germanic *thrædus (cf. Middle Dutch draet, Dutch draad, Old High German drat, German Draht, Old Norse þraðr), from suffixed form of root *thræ- "twist" (see throw). Meaning "spiral ridge of a screw" is from 1670s. Threads, slang for "clothes" is 1926, American English.
"to put thread through a needle," mid-14c., from thread (n.); in reference to film cameras from 1913. The dancing move called thread the needle is attested from 1844. Related: Threaded; threading.
see hang by a thread; lose the thread.