Thread - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |θred|  American pronunciation of the word thread
Brit.  |θrɛd|  British pronunciation of the word thread
- a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving (syn: yarn)
- any long object resembling a thin line (syn: ribbon)
- the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
- the raised helical rib going around a screw
- to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course (syn: meander, wander, weave, wind)
- pass a thread through
- remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
- pass through or into
- thread on or as if on a string (syn: draw, string)


A thread was hanging from the hem of her coat.

...the unwary bug was snared in the sticky threads of the spider's web...

She threaded her shoelace through the holes.

They had to thread their way through the crowd.

Waiters threaded through the crowd.

a river that threads through narrow valleys

The girl was threading beads on a string.

The waiters threaded between the crowded tables.

The melody which threads the first duet.

I'm looking for a needle and thread.

His mind wandered, and he lost the thread of what she was saying (=was no longer able to understand it).

I'd like to refer to something that was posted in an earlier thread.

The Colorado River was just a thread of silver, 4000 feet below.

Will you thread the needle for me?

Tom threaded the rope through the safety harness.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: thread
he/she/it: threads
present participle: threading
past tense: threaded
past participle: threaded
singular: thread
plural: threads
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