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Etymology

From Middle English threed, þred, from Old English þrǽd, ðrǽd, from Proto-Germanic *thrēdu, from Proto-Indo-European *treh₁-tu-, from *terh₁- (rub, twist). Near cognates include German Draht, Icelandic þráður and Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd.

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Noun

Singular
thread

Plural
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thread ({{{1}}})
  1. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
  2. A theme or idea.
    All of these essays have a common thread.
    I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
  3. (Internet) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  4. (computing) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  5. A helical ridge or groove, as on a screw.

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Verb

Infinitive
to thread

Third person singular
threads

Simple past
threaded, (archaic) thrid

Past participle
threaded, (archaic) thridden

Present participle
threading

to thread (third-person singular simple present threads, present participle threading, simple past threaded, (archaic) thrid, past participle threaded, (archaic) thridden)
  1. (transitive) To put thread through.
    thread a needle
  2. (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.

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