Meaning of THREAD in English


I. ˈthred noun

Etymology: Middle English thred, from Old English thrǣd; akin to Old High German drāt wire, Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn — more at throw

Date: before 12th century


a. : a filament, a group of filaments twisted together, or a filamentous length formed by spinning and twisting short textile fibers into a continuous strand

b. : a piece of thread


a. : any of various natural filaments

the thread s of a spiderweb

b. : a slender stream (as of water)

c. : a projecting helical rib (as in a fitting or on a pipe) by which parts can be screwed together : screw thread

3. : something continuous or drawn out: as

a. : a line of reasoning or train of thought that connects the parts in a sequence (as of ideas or events)

lost the thread of the story

b. : a continuing element

a thread of melancholy marked all his writing

c. : a series of newsgroup messages following a single topic

4. : a tenuous or feeble support

hung on by a thread

5. plural : clothing

• thread·less -ləs adjective

• thread·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to pass a thread through the eye of (a needle)

b. : to arrange a thread, yarn, or lead-in piece in working position for use in (a machine)



(1) : to pass something through in the manner of a thread

thread a pipe with wire

(2) : to pass (as a tape, line, or film) into or through something

thread ed a fresh roll of film into the camera

b. : to make one's way through or between

thread ing narrow alleys

also : to make one's way usually cautiously through a hazardous situation

3. : to put together on or as if on a thread : string

thread beads

4. : to interweave with or as if with threads : intersperse

dark hair thread ed with silver

5. : to form a screw thread on or in

intransitive verb

1. : weave 2

the car thread ed through traffic

2. : to form a thread

• thread·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.