AskDefine | Define thread

Dictionary Definition



1 a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving [syn: yarn]
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" [syn: ribbon]
3 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" [syn: train of thought]
4 the raised helical rib going around a screw [syn: screw 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" [syn: weave, wind, meander, wander]
2 pass a thread through; "thread a needle"
3 remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string; "She had her eyebrows threaded"
4 pass through or into; "thread tape"; "thread film"
5 thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries" [syn: string, draw]

User Contributed Dictionary



threed, þred, from þrǽd, ðrǽd, from common Germanic *thrēdu, from *treH₁-tu-, from *terH₁- “rub, twist”. Near cognates include German Draht and Icelandic þráður.


  • /θrɛd/
  • /TrEd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛd


  1. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
  2. A theme or idea.
    All of these essays have a common thread.
    I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
  3. A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  4. A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  5. A helical ridge or groove, as on a screw.



long, thin and flexible form of material
  • Albanian: fill, pe
  • Arabic:
  • trreq Armenian
  • Chinese: (xiàn)
  • Croatian: nit
  • Czech: nit, vlákno
  • Dutch: draad, garen
  • trreq Esperanto
  • Finnish: lanka, rihma, kuitu, säie
  • French: fil
  • Georgian: ძაფი (dzap‘i)
  • German: Faden, Garn, Zwirn
  • Greek: νήμα
  • trreq Hebrew
  • Hungarian: cérna
  • Italian: filo
  • Japanese: (いと, ito)
  • Korean: (sil)
  • Kurdish: په‌ت
  • Latvian: diegs
  • trreq Lithuanian
  • trreq Mongolian
  • trreq Persian
  • Polish: nić, nitka
  • Portuguese: fio
  • Romanian: aţă, tort, fir
  • Russian: нить (nit’)
  • trreq Slovak
  • Slovene: nit
  • Spanish: hilo
  • Swedish: tråd
  • Telugu: దారము (daaramu)
  • Thai: (dâai), (chêuak)
  • Turkish: tire
theme or idea
  • Croatian: nit
  • Dutch: onderwerp , rode draad
  • Finnish: juoni
  • German: Thema
  • Italian: filo, filo conduttore
  • Polish: wątek
  • Slovene: nit
  • Spanish: tema, argumento
internet: series of messages
  • Croatian: nit
  • Dutch: topic, onderwerp
  • Finnish: säie
  • German: Diskussionsfaden , roter Faden
  • Italian: forum
  • Polish: wątek
  • Portuguese: tópico
computing: unit of execution
  • Croatian: nit, dretva
  • Finnish: säie
  • German: Thread
engineering: helical ridge or groove, as on a screw


  1. To put thread through.
    thread a needle
  2. To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
    I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.


put thread through
to pass


Extensive Definition

Thread may refer to:
  • A kind of thin yarn, thin fibers spun together, for textiles and sewing
  • Screw thread, which turns rotation into linear movement, by a ridge running in a spiral down the length of a cylinder
  • Threaded discussion, a group of messages or postings to a newsgroup, mailing list or Internet forum on a single topic
  • Thread (computer science), a sequence of instructions which may execute in parallel with other threads
  • Threads, a 1984 BBC television movie concerning the after-effects of a nuclear attack on Sheffield, UK
  • Thread (Pern), a destructive mindless alien spore in the Dragonriders of Pern series of science fiction novels
  • Threads (Stargate SG-1), a Season 8 Stargate SG-1 episode
  • Thread (unit of measurement), a cotton yarn measure, equal to 54 inches
  • Thread (album), a 1999 album by Wideawake
  • Thread is a sugar stage in candy cookery.
  • Thread (business technology), a connection invoked by either the buyer or the seller in order to publicly record the quality of a business transaction.
  • "Thread", a poem by Patti Smith from her 1978 book Babel
  • "Threads," slang for clothing.
thread in German: Thread
thread in Spanish: Hilo (desambiguación)
thread in French: Thread (homonymie)
thread in Italian: Thread
thread in Dutch: Draad
thread in Japanese: スレッド
thread in Norwegian: Tråd
thread in Simple English: Thread
thread in Finnish: Lanka
thread in Swedish: Tråd (olika betydelser)
thread in Czech: Nit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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