• WordNet 3.6
    • v thread thread on or as if on a string "string pearls on a string","the child drew glass beads on a string","thread dried cranberries"
    • v thread pass through or into "thread tape","thread film"
    • v thread remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string "She had her eyebrows threaded"
    • v thread pass a thread through "thread a needle"
    • v thread 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"
    • n thread the raised helical rib going around a screw
    • n thread a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    • n thread 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"
    • n thread any long object resembling a thin line "a mere ribbon of land","the lighted ribbon of traffic","from the air the road was a grey thread","a thread of smoke climbed upward"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

It took ten million feet of glass thread, and Eulaly will look real sweet in it It took ten million feet of glass thread, and Eulaly will look real sweet in it
Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Spinning thread or yarn and weaving cloth were endless chores for the women living in the small wilderness...
Rolling the thread Rolling the thread
Twisting the thread Twisting the thread
Waxing the thread Waxing the thread
Joining thread and bristle Joining thread and bristle
A kitten plays with a reel of thread A kitten plays with a reel of thread
Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Braces were first invented by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces were made by a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by thread.
    • Thread 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.
    • Thread (Computers) 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.
    • Thread (Computers) 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.
    • Thread 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.
    • Thread Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. "A neat courtier,
      Of a most elegant thread ."
    • Thread Something continued in a long course or tenor; a recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a discourse.
    • Thread The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw n., 1.
    • Thread To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a screw or nut.
    • Thread To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle.
    • Thread To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to thrid. "Heavy trading ships . . . threading the Bosphorus.""They would not thread the gates."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive shoes in the world are ruby slippers located in Harrods in London, which cost $1.6 million, has a full time security guard. The shoes are made from platinum thread and has 642 rubies in them. It took over 700 hours to produce the shoe
    • n thread plural A defect in glass articles: same as string, 15.
    • thread 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 thread A twisted filament of a fibrous substance, as cotton, flax, silk, or wool, spun out to considerable length. In a specific sense, thread is a compound cord consisting of two or more yarns firmly united together by twisting. The twisting together of the different strands or yarns to form a thread is effected by a thread-frame, or doubling-and-twisting mill, which accomplishes the purpose by the action of bobbins and fliers. Thread is used in some species of weaving, but its principal use is for sewing. The word is used especially for linen, as distinguished from sewing-silk and sewing-cotton, and as seen in the phrases thread lace and thread glove; but this distinction is not original, and is not always maintained. Compare cuts under spinning-wheel and spinning jenny.
    • n thread A fine filament or thread-like body of any kind: as, a thread of spun glass; a thread of com-silk.
    • n thread The prominent spiral part of a screw. See cuts under screw and screw-thread.
    • n thread In mining, a thin seam, vein, or fissure filled with ore.
    • n thread 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 thread plural In conchology, the byssus.
    • n thread A yarn-measure, the circumference of a reel, containing 1½, 2, 2½, or 3 yards.
    • n thread 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 thread A clue.
    • n thread Distinguishing property; quality; degree of fineness.
    • n thread The thread of life. See phrase below.
    • n thread A thin strip of gilded paper often used in Oriental brocaded stuffs.
    • n thread Erroneously, gold wire.
    • n thread See goldthread.
    • thread To pass a thread through the eye or aperture of, as a needle.
    • thread To string on a thread.
    • 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.
    • thread To form a spiral projection on or a spiral groove in; furnish with a thread, as a screw: as, to thread a bolt.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A "clue" originally meant a ball of thread. This is why one is said to "unravel" the clues of a mystery.
    • n Thread thred 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
    • v.t Thread to pass a thread through the eye of (as a needle): to pass or pierce through, as a narrow way: to furnish with a thread
    • ***


  • Jesse Jackson
    “America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.”
  • Proverb
    “Weave in faith and God will find the thread.”
  • Horace Mann
    “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hope is the golden thread that should be woven into every experience of life.”


Hang by a thread - If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. threed, þred, AS. þrǣd,; akin to D. draad, G. draht, wire, thread, OHG. drāt, Icel. þrāðr, a thread, Sw. tråd, Dan. traad, and AS. þrāwan, to twist. See Throw, and cf. Third


In literature:

Before sending to the table, remove the thread with which the chicken has been sewed.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
In a week from that evening she had one ball of thread spun.
"The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said" by Padraic Colum
Under the term "textile" are included the fibrous substances that can be spun into threads, and woven or felted into cloth.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
And then; beyond the departure from Shanmoor she seemed to lose the thread of her own history.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The silk is thrown to the surface and is tied with cotton threads from the back.
"Handbook of Embroidery" by L. Higgin
Seeking the lifting thread of magical romance again, Frank Nelsen looked up at the ribbed canvas top of the truck.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Left threads can be cut on the pipe and the fitting can be tapped with a left thread.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread, and laces and ribbons.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Sure it is that without the black thread he would never have recognised her.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
A west-country method of catching eels with worsted thread.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The two together, accordingly, spin the two strands of the world and of man into the one thread of existence.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
And on the finger of the left hand something was hanging that looked like a wisp of silk thread.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Here is a ball of thread.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
While they're fixing those spools, you watch me tie these threads.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
This is to be knotted, allowing six threads to a knot.
"How to make rugs" by Candace Wheeler
It was an extending thread of white which could only be smoke.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
She's so clever that you have no thread fine enough to thread her needle.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Under the lens the long, delicate, finely sculptured capillitial threads, with fine tapering threads are distinctive.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
When he was gone his wife set to work, and she spun four hanks of beautiful thread with her own hands.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
As you pass these threads you will find that you are taking up the right warp threads, and that no mistake has been made.
"Hand-Loom Weaving" by Mattie Phipps Todd

In poetry:

Twist ye, twine ye! even so,
Mingle shades of joy and woe,
Hope, and fear, and peace, and strife,
In the thread of human life.
"Twist Ye, Twine Ye" by Sir Walter Scott
Too swift the wings of envious Time
To wait for dallying phrases,
Or woven strands of labored rhyme
To thread their cunning mazes.
"The Old Tune" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And last our amulet
Of precious names we thread, and soft and low
We crave for each beloved, or near or far,
A blessing ere we go.
"Communion" by Susan Coolidge
Spare me, dread angel of reproof,
And let the sunshine weave to-day
Its gold-threads in the warp and woof
Of life so poor and gray.
"The Answer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Draw from the town, my songs, draw Daphnis home.
These triple threads of threefold colour first
I twine about thee, and three times withal
Around these altars do thine image bear:
Uneven numbers are the god's delight.
"Eclogue 8: To Pollio Damon Alphesiboeus" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Without a guide,-- yet guided well,-- young, buoyant, fresh, and free,
Without a road,-- yet all the land a highway unto me,
Without a care, without a fear, without a grief or pain,
Exultingly I thread the woods, or gallop o'er the plain!
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Target Woolrich 240-Thread Count Alternative Down Comforter .
Mon 20th Sep 2010 Threads: Posts.
Miller will speak on the topic 'Food as the Common Thread Connecting Us All,' and lead an exploration of diets from around the world and the health benefits of each.
Dragonfly 's 'Thread Up' Thursdays reason to dress up and dance.
Each Thursday Dragonfly will host Thread Up Thursdays — a late night D.J.
Dragonfly's 'Thread Up' Thursdays reason to dress up and dance.
You didn't know there was a such a thing as Mexican embroidery thread.
We're going to pick up the thread from last month's Discoveries and follow it a bit further.
Thin Threads Special Editions are now available with a customized point-of-purchase (P-O-P) display.
As Washington debates where and to what extent to trim the federal budget, some common threads have emerged.
Try to find the common thread through Auburn's first third of the 2012 college football season.
Melania Trump looked sharp and sassy in black threads.
Baltic and Scandinavian Threads Are Woven Into an American Debut.
Kitchen Gear Useless Kitchen Gadget Thread Lives On and On .
Fifteen years ago, as I began writing Silver Threads for The Times-Picayune's Sunday Living section, I told this story.

In science:

Smolin, “Weaving a classical metric with quantum threads,” Phys.
Statistical geometry of random weave states
This first shift spawned an information filtering thread.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Such a layer is composed of N threads of the length n, each thread contains a random number of obstacles.
Limit Theorem for Sums of Random Products
The particle goes along the thread and in the case of low enough energy of the particle, the probability of passing through the thread decreases exponentially with the distance.
Limit Theorem for Sums of Random Products
This method is applied to a simple quantum model utilizing the single-thread Monte Carlo algorithm to estimate ground state energies.
The Lognormal Distribution and Quantum Monte Carlo Data
As an application to these methods we consider data obtained from using the single-thread Monte Carlo to estimate the groundstate energy of a 3 × 3 symmetric Hamiltonian matrix.
The Lognormal Distribution and Quantum Monte Carlo Data
Consider for instance a magnetic vortex carrying a flux φ and threading the sample at point 0.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
In the section, we continue the thread of Poissonian fluctuations (45).
Fluctuation-dissipation relations for complex networks
It is difficult to find any common thread between them.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
This code ensures that each simulation thread obtains a different seed.
Design Flaws in the Implementation of the Ziggurat and Monty Python methods (and some remarks on Matlab randn)
The materials used to do these experiments are thread segments, a photogate time PASCO ME-9215A and 36 masses.
Oscillations bounded by the simple pendulum and the oscillating rigid rod
Cosmic ray point sources are inserted at random locations and managed by an EventGenerator thread.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
The event generator thread iterates through the point sources and injects subsequent ultra high energy particles into an EvolutionThread with momentum oriented towards the Earth.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
As a result execution time is divided relatively equally between available threads.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
Each evolution thread maintains a list of relevant Space ob jects, including the CMB, and extragalactic space, or BFieldSpace.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator