From Middle English thred, þred, threed, from Old English þrǣd, from Proto-Germanic *þrēduz, from Proto-Indo-European *treh₁-tu-, from *terh₁- (“rub, twist”). Cognates with Saterland Frisian Träid (“thread, wire”), West Frisian tried, Dutch draad, German Draht, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd, and Icelandic þráður. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian dredh (“twist, turn”). More at throw.
thread (plural threads)
- A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
- 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./1/2”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
- He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.
- A theme or idea.
- All of these essays have a common thread.
- I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
- (engineering) A screw thread.
- A sequence of connections.
- The line midway between the banks of a stream.
- (computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, usually sharing memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
- (Internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, in which all messages except the first are replies to previous messages in the thread.
- A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
- (figuratively) Composition; quality; fineness.
- (theme): topic
- (transitive) To put thread through.
- thread a needle
- (transitive) To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
- I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.
- 2013, Ben Smith, "", BBC Sport, 19 October 2013:
- Picking the ball up in his own half, Januzaj threaded a 40-yard pass into the path of Rooney to slice Southampton open in the blink of an eye.
- To screw on, to fit the threads of a nut on a bolt
thread m (plural threads)
thread m (invariable)