- 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 threads
Contemporary Examples of threads
Some were blatantly inferior, he said, at times with metal shavings and burrs in the threads.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
The threads attached are short, the comments sarcastic, mostly wondering whether he actually died.More Shocking Than Online Suicides Are the Crowds Who Clamor to Watch
December 10, 2013
Speaking of threads, it occurred to me on the walk over here that your last name has the word “knit” in it.
And of course this is a book with metaphors about threads and sutures.
A1 was too sci-fi, A4 not dramatic enough, so I could simply terminate these threads.A Mathematically Impossible Novel: Manil Suri Explains “The City of Devi”
March 15, 2013
Historical Examples of threads
They had not yet gathered into their hands the threads which had been broken years before.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
His hair and beard were like threads of gold, and his eyes were as blue as the summer sky.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The utmost care was necessary, for the threads were weak with old age.Wilfrid Cumbermede
If the threads are 1/32 inch apart, then the screw will move 1/32 inch every time it revolves.
The distance between the threads is called the pitch of the thread.
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.