- 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)
- thread blight,
- thread escutcheon,
- thread mark,
- thread rolling,
- thread rope
Origin of thread
Examples from the Web for 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|Martin Greenfield|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Liza Foreman|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There will always be a thread between us, we have children together, that is very powerful.
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?|Andrew Romano|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cane, K K, is fastened by thread as in the diagram; the thread can pass through a hole in the cork.Toy-Making in School and Home|Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
He found her in the midst of tiny wisps of paper, thread, and wool, that had been her chief concern for three days past."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"|Douglas English
Next day Marusia went to the gathering, and took a ball of thread with her.Russian Fairy Tales|W. R. S. Ralston
There is less danger of puckering the stuff if you hold it over two fingers (at least), keeping it taut and the thread loose.Art in Needlework|Lewis F. Day
And then she stopped in her work, and looked at me, with her needle drawn out to its thread's length.David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
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.