Meaning of THREAD in English


n. & v.


1. a a spun-out filament of cotton, silk, or glass etc.; yarn. b a length of this.

2 a thin cord of twisted yarns used esp. in sewing and weaving.

3 anything regarded as threadlike with reference to its continuity or connectedness (the thread of life; lost the thread of his argument).

4 the spiral ridge of a screw.

5 (in pl.) sl. clothes.

6 a thin seam or vein of ore.

1. pass a thread through the eye of (a needle).

2 put (beads) on a thread.

3 arrange (material in a strip form, e.g. film or magnetic tape) in the proper position on equipment.

4 make (one's way) carefully through a crowded place, over a difficult route, etc.

5 streak (hair etc.) as with threads.

6 form a screw-thread on.

Phrases and idioms:

hang by a thread be in a precarious state, position, etc. thread mark a mark in the form of a thin line made in banknote paper with highly coloured silk fibres to prevent photographic counterfeiting.


threader n. threadlike adj.

Etymology: OE thr{aelig}d f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.