Meaning of THREAD in English


(~s, ~ing, ~ed)


Thread or a ~ is a long very thin piece of a material such as cotton, nylon, or silk, especially one that is used in sewing.

...a tiny Nepalese hat embroidered with golden ~s.



The ~ of an argument, a story, or a situation is an aspect of it that connects all the different parts together.

The ~ running through many of these proposals was the theme of individual power and opportunity...

N-COUNT: usu with supp


A ~ of something such as liquid, light, or colour is a long thin line or piece of it.

A thin, glistening ~ of moisture ran along the rough concrete sill.

N-COUNT: usu N of n


The ~ on a screw, or on something such as a lid or a pipe, is the raised spiral line of metal or plastic around it which allows it to be fixed in place by twisting.

The screw ~s will be able to get a good grip.



If you ~ your way through a group of people or things, or ~ through it, you move through it carefully or slowly, changing direction frequently as you move.

Slowly she ~ed her way back through the moving mass of bodies...

We ~ed through a network of back streets.

VERB: V way prep/adv, V prep


If you ~ a long thin object through something, you pass it through one or more holes or narrow spaces.

...~ing the laces through the eyelets of his shoes...

Instruments developed at the hospital allow doctors to ~ microscopic telescopes into the digestive tract.

VERB: V n through n, V n into n


If you ~ small objects such as beads onto a string or ~, you join them together by pushing the string through them.

Wipe the mushrooms clean and ~ them on a string.

VERB: V n prep


When you ~ a needle, you put a piece of ~ through the hole in the top of the needle in order to sew with it.

I sit down, ~ a needle, snip off an old button.



If you say that something is hanging by a ~, you mean that it is in a very uncertain state and is unlikely to survive or succeed.

The fragile peace was hanging by a ~ as thousands of hardliners took to the streets.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you pick up the ~s of an activity, you start it again after an interruption. If you pick up the ~s of your life, you become more active again after a period of failure or bad luck.

Many women have been able to pick up the ~s of their former career.

PHRASE: V inflects

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