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thread

[thred] /θrɛd/
noun
1.
a fine cord of flax, cotton, or other fibrous material spun out to considerable length, especially when composed of two or more filaments twisted together.
2.
twisted filaments or fibers of any kind used for sewing.
3.
one of the lengths of yarn forming the warp or weft of a woven fabric.
4.
a filament or fiber of glass or other ductile substance.
5.
Ropemaking.
  1. any of a number of fibers twisted into a yarn.
  2. a yarn, especially as enumerated in describing small stuff.
6.
something having the fineness or slenderness of a filament, as a thin continuous stream of liquid, a fine line of color, or a thin seam of ore:
a thread of smoke.
7.
the helical ridge of a screw.
8.
that which runs through the whole course of something, connecting successive parts:
I lost the thread of the story.
9.
something conceived as being spun or continuously drawn out, as the course of life fabled to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates.
10.
Digital Technology. a series of posts and responses on a message board or electronic mailing list that deal with the same subject and are grouped together.
11.
threads, Slang. clothes.
verb (used with object)
12.
to pass the end of a thread through the eye of (a needle).
13.
to fix (beads, pearls, etc.) upon a thread that is passed through; string.
14.
to pass continuously through the whole course of (something); pervade:
A joyous quality threaded the whole symphony.
15.
to make one's way through (a narrow passage, forest, crowd, etc.).
16.
to make (one's way) thus:
He threaded his way through the crowd.
17.
to form a thread on or in (a bolt, hole, etc.).
18.
to place and arrange thread, yarn, etc., in position on (a sewing machine, loom, textile machine, etc.).
verb (used without object)
19.
to thread one's way, as through a passage or between obstacles:
They threaded carefully along the narrow pass.
20.
to move in a threadlike course; wind or twine.
21.
Cookery. (of boiling syrup) to form a fine thread when poured from a spoon.
Origin of thread
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English threed, Old English thrǣd; cognate with Dutch draad, German Draht, Old Norse thrathr wire; (v.) Middle English threeden, derivative of the noun See throw
Related forms
threader, noun
threadless, adjective
threadlike, adjective
misthread, verb
rethread, verb
self-threading, adjective
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Examples from the Web for threadlike
Historical Examples
  • The ovary makes a purplish dot in the center, surrounded by curling, yellow anthers, with threadlike filaments united at base.

  • It was an infinitely fine, threadlike projection from the surface of the planet.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Fiber: any fine, slender thread or threadlike substance, as the rootlets of plants or the lint of cotton.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • A filament is that which is threadlike; as, the filament of silk, or flax.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • Little rootlike structures known as rhizoids dip down into the bread, and absorb food for its threadlike body.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • Her high-arched, threadlike brows were ruffled into a delicious frown.

  • In places the threadlike way itself becomes an aqueduct for a rushing overflow of water.

  • A slow movement of the bony fingers and the threadlike, silvery thing was withdrawn.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Their styles are threadlike, with a ring or a tuft of downy hairs near the extremity; and the pods are flattened.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • There are nine stamens, with threadlike filaments, often hairy, and a three-parted style with round-top stigmas.

British Dictionary definitions for threadlike

thread

/θrɛd/
noun
1.
a fine strand, filament or fibre of some material
2.
a fine cord of twisted filaments, esp of cotton, used in sewing, weaving, etc
3.
any of the filaments of which a spider's web is made
4.
any fine line, stream, mark, or piece: from the air, the path was a thread of white
5.
a helical groove in a cylindrical hole (female thread), formed by a tap or lathe tool, or a helical ridge on a cylindrical bar, rod, shank, etc (male thread), formed by a die or lathe tool
6.
a very thin seam of coal or vein of ore
7.
something acting as the continuous link or theme of a whole: the thread of the story
8.
the course of an individual's life believed in Greek mythology to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates
verb
9.
(transitive) to pass (thread, film, magnetic tape, etc) through (something): to thread a needle, to thread cotton through a needle
10.
(transitive) to string on a thread: she threaded the beads
11.
to make (one's way) through or over (something)
12.
(transitive) to produce a screw thread by cutting, rolling, tapping, or grinding
13.
(transitive) to pervade: hysteria threaded his account
14.
(intransitive) (of boiling syrup) to form a fine thread when poured from a spoon
See also threads
Derived Forms
threader, noun
threadless, adjective
threadlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English thrǣd; related to Old Frisian thrēd, Old High German drāt, Old Norse thrāthr thread
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Word Origin and History for threadlike

thread

n.

Old English þræd "fine cord, especially when twisted" (related to þrawan "to twist"), from Proto-Germanic *thrædus (cf. Middle Dutch draet, Dutch draad, Old High German drat, German Draht, Old Norse þraðr), from suffixed form of root *thræ- "twist" (see throw). Meaning "spiral ridge of a screw" is from 1670s. Threads, slang for "clothes" is 1926, American English.

v.

"to put thread through a needle," mid-14c., from thread (n.); in reference to film cameras from 1913. The dancing move called thread the needle is attested from 1844. Related: Threaded; threading.

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