- 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 threadingmix, strap, fortify, interweave, spike, twine, thread, bind, add, attach, interlace, close, tie, plat
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Contemporary Examples of threading
"I almost went home when you invited Jack back in," Cruz said, threading her way through the concrete pillars of the parking ramp.Danger Stalks Lucas Davenport
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Historical Examples of threading
All this year's work, then, has been the threading of the labyrinth.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
The car drove off, threading the narrow steep street slowly.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The girl, with her hands raised before her pale eyes, was threading her needle.Falk
She waved her hand and turned from the hut, threading her way among the trees.In the Border Country
Josephine Daskam Bacon
They were threading the tiers of barges moored on the southern side.The Grell Mystery
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.