from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Fine cord of a fibrous material, such as cotton or flax, made of two or more filaments twisted together and used in needlework and the weaving of cloth.
- n. A piece of such cord.
- n. A thin strand, cord, or filament of natural or manufactured material.
- n. Something that suggests the fineness or thinness of such a strand, cord, or filament: a thread of smoke.
- n. Something that suggests the continuousness of such a strand, cord, or filament: lost the thread of his argument.
- n. A helical or spiral ridge on a screw, nut, or bolt.
- n. Computer Science A portion of a program that can run independently of and concurrently with other portions of the program.
- n. Computer Science A set of posts on a newsgroup, composed of an initial post about a topic and all responses to it.
- n. Slang Clothes.
- transitive v. To pass one end of a thread through the eye of (a needle, for example).
- transitive v. To pass (something) through in the manner of a thread: thread the wire through the opening.
- transitive v. To pass a tape or film into or through (a device): thread a film projector.
- transitive v. To pass (a tape or film) into or through a device.
- transitive v. To connect by running a thread through; string: thread beads.
- transitive v. To make one's way cautiously through: threading dark alleys.
- transitive v. To make (one's way) cautiously through something.
- transitive v. To occur here and there throughout; pervade: "More than 90 geologic faults thread the Los Angeles area” ( Science News).
- transitive v. To machine a thread on (a screw, nut, or bolt).
- intransitive v. To make one's way cautiously: threaded through the shoals and sandbars.
- intransitive v. To proceed by a winding course.
- intransitive v. To form a thread when dropped from a spoon, as boiling sugar syrup.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
- n. A theme or idea.
- n. A screw thread.
- n. A sequence of connections.
- n. The line midway between the banks of a stream.
- n. A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
- n. A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
- v. To put thread through.
- v. To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length; a compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns doubled, or joined together, and twisted; also, one fiber of a cord composed of multiple fibers.
- n. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver; a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
- n. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw, n., 1.
- n. Something continued in a long course or tenor; a recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger story.
- n. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness.
- n. A related sequence of instructions or actions within a program that runs at least in part independent of other actions within the program; -- such threads are capable of being executed only in oprating systems permittnig multitasking.
- n. A sequence of messages posted to an on-line newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a previous posting, thus allowing their identification as part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a user to follow a single such thread independent of the other postings to that newsgroup.
- transitive v. To pass a thread through the eye of.
- transitive v. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to thrid.
- transitive v. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. plural A defect in glass articles: same as string, 15.
- In electricity, to pass through and link with, as the lines of force of the magnetic S.—85 field of a D' Arsonval galvanometer pass through the suspended coil of the instrument.
- n. A twisted filament of a fibrous substance, as cotton, flax, silk, or wool, spun out to considerable length.
- n. A fine filament or thread-like body of any kind: as, a thread of spun glass; a thread of com-silk.
- n. The prominent spiral part of a screw. See cuts under screw and screw-thread.
- n. In mining, a thin seam, vein, or fissure filled with ore.
- n. A very slender line applied on a surface: thus, in decorative art, thin and minute lines are so called to distinguish them from bands of color, which, though narrow, have a more appreciable width.
- n. plural In conchology, the byssus.
- n. A yarn-measure, the circumference of a reel, containing 1½, 2, 2½, or 3 yards.
- n. That which runs through the whole course of something and connects its successive parts; hence, proper course or sequence; the main idea, thought, or purpose which runs through something: as, the thread of a discourse or story.
- n. A clue.
- n. Distinguishing property; quality; degree of fineness.
- n. The thread of life. See phrase below.
- n. A thin strip of gilded paper often used in Oriental brocaded stuffs.
- n. Erroneously, gold wire.
- n. See goldthread.
- To pass a thread through the eye or aperture of, as a needle.
- To string on a thread.
- To pass through with the carefulness and precision of one who is threading a needle, implying narrowness or intricacy in that which is passed through.
- To form a spiral projection on or a spiral groove in; furnish with a thread, as a screw: as, to thread a bolt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the raised helical rib going around a screw
- v. pass through or into
- v. remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
- n. any long object resembling a thin line
- n. a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
- v. pass a thread through
- v. thread on or as if on a string
- v. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
- n. the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
Middle English, from Old English thrǣd; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English threed, þred, from Old English þrǽd, ðrǽd, from Proto-Germanic *þrēduz, from Proto-Indo-European *treh₁-tu-, from *terh₁- (“rub, twist”). Near cognates include Dutch draad German Draht, Icelandic þráður and Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian dredh ("twist, turn"). (Wiktionary)