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