- 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
Examples from the Web for threadlike
Historical Examples of threadlike
It was an infinitely fine, threadlike projection from the surface of the planet.Sand Doom
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
A filament is that which is threadlike; as, the filament of silk, or flax.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Her high-arched, threadlike brows were ruffled into a delicious frown.The Voice of the City
A slow movement of the bony fingers and the threadlike, silvery thing was withdrawn.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
There are nine stamens, with threadlike filaments, often hairy, and a three-parted style with round-top stigmas.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
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.