1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See Screw, n., 1.
4. (Fig.) 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.
5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.]
A neat courtier,
Of a most elegant thread. --B. Jonson.
Air thread, the fine white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders; gossamer.
Thread and thrum, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.
Thread cell Zool., a lasso cell. See under Lasso.
Thread herring Zool., the gizzard shad. See under Gizzard.
Thread lace, lace made of linen thread.
Thread needle, a game in which children stand in a row, joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding his neighbor, runs between the others; -- called also thread the needle.
Thread, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Threaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Threading.]
1. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle.
2. 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. --Mitford.
They would not thread the gates. --Shak.
3. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a screw or nut.
n 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
4: the raised helical rib going around a screw [syn: screw
v 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,
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]