thread

Thread is a length of twisted fibers (usually three strands together), made from cotton, silk, or other material, that can be used in sewing, quilting, embroidery, and other handicrafts.

The noun thread can also be used figuratively to refer to different parts of something, like thoughts or a conversation, that are connected as if joined by thread. If you were distracted by a crash in the kitchen, you might lose the thread of your conversation. Thread can also refer to the raised ridge on the outside of a screw or bolt, and you can use thread as a verb when you mean to string or to pass a thread through a needle.

Primary Meanings of thread

1.
nv
a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
pass a thread through
2.
n
the raised helical rib going around a screw
Full Definitions of thread
1

n a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

Synonyms:
yarn
Types:
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cotton
thread made of cotton fibers
dental floss, floss
a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
floss
a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
Lastex
yarn that has an elastic core wound around with cotton or silk or nylon or rayon threads
ligature
thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
metallic
a yarn made partly or entirely of metal
nap, pile
the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave
purl
gold or silver wire thread
suture
thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
tinsel
a thread with glittering metal foil attached
warp
yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
filling, pick, weft, woof
the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
worsted, worsted yarn
a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
lisle, lisle thread
a strong tightly twisted cotton thread (usually made of long-staple cotton)
Type of:
cord
a line made of twisted fibers or threads

n any long object resembling a thin line

“from the air the road was a grey thread
“a thread of smoke climbed upward”
Synonyms:
ribbon
Types:
blade
something long and thin resembling a blade of grass
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

n the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together

“he lost the thread of his argument”
Synonyms:
train of thought
Type of:
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

v pass a thread through

thread a needle”
Type of:
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through

v pass through or into

thread tape”
thread film”
Type of:
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through

v thread on or as if on a string

thread dried cranberries”
Synonyms:
draw, string
draw, guide, pass, run
pass over, across, or through
Types:
bead
string together like beads
wire
string on a wire
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string

“She had her eyebrows threaded
Type of:
draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense

v to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

Synonyms:
meander, wander, weave, wind
wander
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
Types:
snake
move along a winding path
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
2

n the raised helical rib going around a screw

Synonyms:
screw thread
Type of:
rib
support resembling the rib of an animal

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