• 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 continued theme or idea.
  • A screw thread.
  • A sequence of connections.
  • The line midway between the banks of a stream.
  • A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, usually sharing memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  • A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, in which all messages except the first are replies to previous messages in the thread.
  • A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
  • Composition; quality; fineness.


  • To put thread through.
  • To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
  • To screw on, to fit the threads of a nut on a bolt


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  • From Middle English thred, þred, threed, from Old English þrǣd, from Proto-Germanic *þrēduz, from Proto-Indo-European, from *terh₁-. Cognates with Saterland Frisian Träid, West Frisian tried, Dutch draad, German Draht, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish tråd, and Icelandic þráður. Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian dredh. More at throw.

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