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Language: Old English
Origin: thræd

thread

1 noun
     
thread
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1

for sewing

[uncountable and countable]DCTIM a long thin string of cotton, silk etc used to sew or weave cloth:
I'm looking for a needle and thread.
hand-sewn with gold and silver thread
a spool of thread (=small object that thread is wound around)
2

ideas

[singular] an idea, feeling, or feature that connects the different parts of an explanation, story etc:
a common thread running within his work
His mind wandered, and he lost the thread of what she was saying (=was no longer able to understand it).
thread of
a thread of spirituality in her work
3

pick up the thread(s)

to begin something again after a long period, especially a relationship or way of life:
They had known each other as children, and were picking up the threads of their friendship.
4

internet

[countable] a series of messages concerning the same subject, written by members of an Internet discussion group:
I'd like to refer to something that was posted in an earlier thread.
5

line

[countable] literary a long thin line of something, such as light, smoke etc
thread of
The Colorado River was just a thread of silver, 4000 feet below.
thread
6

on a screw

[countable]DT a continuous raised line of metal that winds around the curved surface of a screw
7

threads

[plural] American English old-fashioned clothes

➔ hang by a thread

at hang1 (9)

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