Definitions of thread

  1. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; " the river winds through the hills"; " the path meanders through the vineyards"; " sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
  2. any long object resembling a thin line; " a mere ribbon of land"; " the lighted ribbon of traffic"; " from the air the road was a gray thread"; " a thread of smoke climbed upward"
  3. the raised helical rib going around a screw
  4. thread on or as if on a string; " string pearls on a string"; " the child drew glass beads on a string"
  5. a fine cord of twisted fibers ( of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
  6. the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together; " I couldn't follow his train of thought"; " he lost the thread of his argument"
  7. pass a thread through; " thread a needle"
  8. pass through or into; " thread tape"; " thread film"
  9. remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string; " She had her eyebrows threaded"
  10. To strike ( the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball.
  11. 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.
  12. A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark; also, a line of gold or silver.
  13. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw, n., 1.
  14. Fig.: Something continued in a long course or tenor; a, s the thread of life, or of a discourse.
  15. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness.
  16. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle.
  17. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to thrid.
  18. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a screw or nut.
  19. A very thin line or cord of flax, cotton, silk, or other fiberlike substance twisted and drawn out; a filament or fiber; something running through and connecting the parts of anything; as, the thread of a story; the spiral ridge of a screw.
  20. To pass something through the eye of, as a needle; to string, as beads; to pass through; as, to thread a narrow street; to make ( one's way) with difficulty.
  21. A very thin line of any substance twisted and drawn out: a filament of any fibrous substance: a fine line of yarn: anything resembling a thread: the prominent spiral part of a screw: something continued in long course: the uniform tenor of a discourse.
  22. To pass a thread through the eye of ( as a needle): to pass or pierce through, as a narrow way.
  23. Thin twisted line or cord of any substance; filament; spiral ridge on a screw; continuity of thought.
  24. To pass a thread throught; pass through.
  25. To pass a thread through.
  26. To pick one's way, as through a wood.
  27. A slender cord. fiber, or line.
  28. The spiral ridge of a screw.
  29. A twisted filament of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other fibrous substance; any fine filament; something continued in a long course; tenor; the spiral part of a screw.
  30. To pass a thread through the eye, as a needle; to pass or pierce through, as a narrow way or channel. Air- threads, the fine white filaments seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders.
  31. A thin string or line formed of any fibrous substance twisted together; any fine filament or line; the prominent spiral part of a screw; something continued in a course or tenor, as a discourse.
  32. To pass a thread through, as the eye of a needle; to pass or pierce through, as a narrow or intricate way.

Usage examples for thread

  1. The men who face death daily in a deep mine either come to think, after awhile, that this life hangs on too tender a thread to be grieved over so very much when that thread is broken, or, because of the nature of their occupation, which is necessarily carried on mostly in silence, they lose the faculty to say the words which in society circles are intruded upon people who are in deep sorrow. – The Comstock Club by Charles Carroll Goodwin
  2. The thread went lost among a dozen other things. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  3. No- she's gone out to Yardley's for some thread. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  4. The work should always be started by running the thread a little way in front of the embroidery. – Handbook of Embroidery by L. Higgin
  5. For to- night we will use the thread. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  6. There were two pairs of silk garters, three pairs of silk stockings, and six pairs of fine thread stockings. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  7. The stem of the tap should be of slightly larger diameter than the tap thread, so as to fit in the holes of the guide or stand. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  8. I hope they'll love and find out that it's hanging on a thread, and- and- Oh! – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  9. Before you have a line on your face or a grey thread in your hair." – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  10. How is the understanding to decide which of the two holds the main spring and thread of life? – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  11. How beautiful was the evening scene of rocks, trees, blue mountains, and the extended plain, with the thread of the Hhasbani winding through it on the western side! – Byeways in Palestine by James Finn
  12. But Vanderbank, with another thought, had lost the thread. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  13. She refused to hold him even by a thread. – The Flaw in the Crystal by May Sinclair
  14. She had put a thread in my hands. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  15. " Pauline," he would say, " can be guided by a thread of silk, but Maria needs a hand of iron." – Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee
  16. Not a thread of canvas was seen on board her. – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. Ida let it come on so far as to appear for an instant to pick up a lost thread. – What Maisie Knew by Henry James