- 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 threadlike
(b) Roundworms, minute threadlike creatures, are not often seen by the city girl or boy.A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
A little later, we find among them one or two delicate pink, starry flowers on very slender, threadlike stems.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits|Mary Elizabeth Parsons
It was an infinitely fine, threadlike projection from the surface of the planet.Sand Doom|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He saw Lady Galloway, slim and threadlike, with silver hair and a face sensitive and superior.The Innocence of Father Brown|G. K. Chesterton
Under surface of hind wing commonly marked with threadlike streaks: the Hair-streaks.Butterflies Worth Knowing|Clarence M. Weed
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.