[syn: string, thread, draw]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thread \Thread\ (thr[e^]d), n. [OE. threed, [thorn]red, AS.
[thorn]r[=ae]d; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG.
dr[=a]t, Icel. [thorn]r[=a][eth]r a thread, Sw. tr[*a]d, Dan.
traad, and AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist. See Throw, and cf.
1. A very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other
fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length; a
compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns
doubled, or joined together, and twisted; also, one fiber
of a cord composed of multiple fibers.
2. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver;
a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a
component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of
3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the
rib. See Screw, n., 1.
4. (Fig.) Something continued in a long course or tenor; a
recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger
story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a
discourse. --Bp. Burnet.
5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.]
A neat courtier,
Of a most elegant thread. --B. Jonson.
6. (Computers) A related sequence of instructions or actions
within a program that runs at least in part independent of
other actions within the program; -- such threads are
capable of being executed only in oprating systems
7. (Computers) A sequence of messages posted to an on-line
newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same
topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a
previous posting, thus allowing their identification as
part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a
user to follow a single such thread independent of the
other postings to that newsgroup.
Air thread, the fine white filaments which are seen
floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders;
Thread and thrum, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.
Thread cell (Zool.), a lasso cell. See under Lasso.
Thread herring (Zool.), the gizzard shad. See under
Thread lace, lace made of linen thread.
Thread needle, a game in which children stand in a row,
joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding
his neighbor, runs between the others; -- called also
thread the needle.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Thread \Thread\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Threaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a
2. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect
or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to
Heavy trading ships . . . threading the Bosphorus.
They would not thread the gates. --Shak.
3. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a
screw or nut.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or
nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving [syn: thread,
2: any long object resembling a thin line; "a mere ribbon of
land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the
road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward"
[syn: ribbon, thread]
3: the connections that link the various parts of an event or
argument together; "I couldn't follow his train of thought";
"he lost the thread of his argument" [syn: train of
4: the raised helical rib going around a screw [syn: screw
v 1: to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular
course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path
meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout
wanders through the entire body" [syn: weave, wind,
thread, meander, wander]
2: pass a thread through; "thread a needle"
3: remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and
pulling at the string; "She had her eyebrows threaded"
4: pass through or into; "thread tape"; "thread film"
5: thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string";
"the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried
cranberries" [syn: string, thread, draw]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
157 Moby Thesaurus words for "thread":
Aralac, Avisco, Celanese, Chemstrand, Dacron, Dynel, Indian file,
Lastex, Manila, Orlon, Terylene, Velon, Vicara, acetate rayon,
alpaca, angora, animal fiber, array, articulation,
artificial fiber, bank, bast, be continuous, buzz, cambric tea,
capillament, cashmere, catena, catenate, catenation, chain,
chain reaction, chaining, cilium, cirrus, cobweb, coir,
concatenate, concatenation, connect, connect up, connection,
consecution, continuate, continue, continuum, cord, cotton, course,
cycle, denier, descent, direction, dishwater, drift, drone, ease,
endless belt, endless round, fiber, fibrilla, filament,
filamentule, file, filiation, flagellum, flax, floss,
form a series, gamut, gossamer, gradation, gruel, hair, hank, hemp,
horsehair, house of cards, hum, inch, join, jute, kapok, line,
lineage, linen, link, llama hair, maintain continuity, matchwood,
merino, milk and water, mohair, monotone, motif, near-silk, nexus,
nylon, oakum, pass, pendulum, periodicity, plenum, plot,
powder train, progression, queue, raffia, range, rank, rayon,
recurrence, reed, reticulation, rope of sand, rotation, round,
routine, row, run, run on, sand castle, scale, sequence, series,
silk, single file, sisal, skein, spandex, spectrum, spun rayon,
strand, string, string together, subject, succession, suture,
swath, tendril, tenor, theme, thesis, threadlet, tier, train,
train of thought, tussah, twine, water, web, wind, windrow, wool,
worsted, yarn, zephyr
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
[Usenet, GEnie, CompuServe] Common abbreviation of topic thread, a more or
less continuous chain of postings on a single topic. To follow a thread is
to read a series of Usenet postings sharing a common subject or (more
correctly) which are connected by Reference headers. The better newsreaders
can present news in thread order automatically. Not to be confused with the
techspeak sense of ?thread?, e.g. a lightweight process.
Interestingly, this is far from a neologism. The OED says: ?That which
connects the successive points in anything, esp. a narrative, train of
thought, or the like; the sequence of events or ideas continuing throughout
the whole course of anything;? Citations are given going back to 1642!
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. See multithreading.
2. See threaded code.
3. topic thread.