thread

[thred]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of thread

before 900; (noun) Middle English threed, Old English thrǣd; cognate with Dutch draad, German Draht, Old Norse thrathr wire; (v.) Middle English threeden, derivative of the noun See throw
Related formsthread·er, nounthread·less, adjectivethread·like, adjectivemis·thread, verbre·thread, verbself-thread·ing, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of thread

Historical Examples of thread

  • Isn't it annoying when one can't pick up the thread of a conversation?

  • Minnie shook her head mysteriously, and bit a thread with a vague frown.

  • She only holds him by a thread; and if you draw it too tight (I know his temper) it'll snap.

  • We now resume the thread of our narrative where Ney's journal left off.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for thread

thread

noun

a fine strand, filament or fibre of some material
a fine cord of twisted filaments, esp of cotton, used in sewing, weaving, etc
any of the filaments of which a spider's web is made
any fine line, stream, mark, or piecefrom the air, the path was a thread of white
a helical groove in a cylindrical hole (female thread), formed by a tap or lathe tool, or a helical ridge on a cylindrical bar, rod, shank, etc (male thread), formed by a die or lathe tool
a very thin seam of coal or vein of ore
something acting as the continuous link or theme of a wholethe thread of the story
the course of an individual's life believed in Greek mythology to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates

verb

(tr) to pass (thread, film, magnetic tape, etc) through (something)to thread a needle; to thread cotton through a needle
(tr) to string on a threadshe threaded the beads
to make (one's way) through or over (something)
(tr) to produce a screw thread by cutting, rolling, tapping, or grinding
(tr) to pervadehysteria threaded his account
(intr) (of boiling syrup) to form a fine thread when poured from a spoon
See also threads
Derived Formsthreader, nounthreadless, adjectivethreadlike, adjective

Word Origin for thread

Old English thrǣd; related to Old Frisian thrēd, Old High German drāt, Old Norse thrāthr thread
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Word Origin and History for thread
n.

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.

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with thread

thread

see hang by a thread; lose the thread.

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