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  1. thread
    IPA[THred]
  2. noun

    • 1. a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving:

      he had a loose thread on his shirt the thread that bound them had snapped
    • 2. cotton, nylon, or other fibers spun into long, thin strands and used for sewing:

      she put her needle and thread away
    • 3. a long, thin line or piece of something:

      the river was a thread of silver below them
    • 4. a theme or characteristic, typically forming one of several, running throughout a situation or piece of writing:

      a common thread running through the scandals was the failure to conduct audits
    • 5. (in online communication) a sequence of linked posts or messages.

    • 6. a programming structure or process formed by linking a number of separate elements or subroutines, especially each of the tasks executed concurrently in multithreading.

    • 7. a helical ridge on the outside of a screw, bolt, etc. or on the inside of a cylindrical hole, to allow two parts to be screwed together.

    • 8. clothes:

      his fine threads and fashionable specs

    verb

    • 1. pass a thread through the eye of (a needle) or through the needle and guides of (a sewing machine):

      I can't even thread a needle she threaded up the machine with the right cotton
    • 2. pass (a long, thin object or piece of material) through something and into the required position for use:

      he threaded the rope through a pulley
    • 3. put (something) on a thread, chain, etc. that passes through it, especially in such a way as to connect a number of things by passing a thread through each:

      Connie sat threading beads thread the buttons onto a length of cotton
      Synonym : string
    • 4. move carefully or skillfully in and out of obstacles:

      she threaded her way through the tables
      Synonym : weave (one's way), inch (one's way), wind (one's way), file, work (one's way), push (one's way), squeeze (one's way), shoulder (one's way), elbow (one's way), make one's way, progress, pass
    • 5. interweave or intersperse as if with threads:

      his hair had become ill-kempt and threaded with gray
    • 6. pluck hairs from (the eyebrows or another part of the body) using a twisted cotton thread:

      I had my eyebrows threaded today
    • 7. cut a screw thread in or on (a hole, screw, bolt, etc.):

      we're laser-cutting holes to be threaded for screws
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: thread, plural noun: threads

    • v.: verb: thread, 3rd person present: threads, gerund or present participle: threading, past tense: threaded, past participle: threaded

    • noun

      a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibres used in sewing or weaving:

      cotton, nylon, or other fibres spun into long, thin strands and used for sewing:

    • verb

      pass a thread through the eye of (a needle) or through the needle and guides of (a sewing machine):

      pass (a long, thin object or piece of material) through something and into the required position for use:

    • adjective

      (of a hole, screw, bolt, etc.) having a screw thread:

      denoting or relating to online posts or messages forming part of a a linked sequence:

    • noun

      a method of hair removal in which unwanted hairs are plucked out by using a twisted cotton thread.

      a facility for organizing a series of posts relating to the same subject as a linked sequence on an online forum or social media application.

    • adjective

      (of a hole, screw, bolt, etc.) having a screw thread:

      denoting or relating to online posts or messages forming part of a a linked sequence:

    • noun

      a method of hair removal in which unwanted hairs are plucked out by using a twisted cotton thread.

      a facility for organizing a series of posts relating to the same subject as a linked sequence on an online forum or social media application.

    • noun

      a plant of the buttercup family, which yields a yellow dye and is used in herbal medicine as a treatment for mouth ulcers. It grows in North America and north-eastern Asia.
    • noun

      a mark in the form of a thin line made in banknote paper with highly coloured silk fibres to prevent photographic counterfeiting.
    • noun

      a very slender vein, especially one on the face that is visible through the skin.
    • a theme or characteristic found in various stories or situations
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