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.

Definitions of thread
  1. noun
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    synonyms: yarn
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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)
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    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  2. noun
    any long object resembling a thin line
    “from the air the road was a grey thread
    “a thread of smoke climbed upward”
    synonyms: ribbon
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    blade
    something long and thin resembling a blade of grass
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    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  3. noun
    the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
    “he lost the thread of his argument”
    synonyms: train of thought
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    cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  4. verb
    pass a thread through
    thread a needle”
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    draw, guide, pass, run
    pass over, across, or through
  5. verb
    pass through or into
    thread tape”
    thread film”
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    draw, guide, pass, run
    pass over, across, or through
  6. verb
    thread on or as if on a string
    thread dried cranberries”
    synonyms: draw, string
    draw, guide, pass, run
    pass over, across, or through
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    bead
    string together like beads
    wire
    string on a wire
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  7. verb
    remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
    “She had her eyebrows threaded
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    draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
    remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
  8. verb
    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
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    snake
    move along a winding path
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  9. noun
    the raised helical rib going around a screw
    synonyms: screw thread
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    rib
    support resembling the rib of an animal
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