thread ( threads plural & 3rd person present) ( threading present participle) ( threaded past tense & past participle )
1 n-var Thread or a thread 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 threads.
2 n-count The thread of an argument, a story, or a situation is an aspect of it that connects all the different parts together.
usu with supp
The thread running through many of these proposals was the theme of individual power and opportunity...
3 n-count A threadof something such as liquid, light, or colour is a long thin line or piece of it.
usu N of n
A thin, glistening thread of moisture ran along the rough concrete sill.
4 n-count The thread 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 threads will be able to get a good grip.
5 verb If you thread your way through a group of people or things, or threadthrough it, you move through it carefully or slowly, changing direction frequently as you move.
Slowly she threaded her way back through the moving mass of bodies... V way prep/adv
We threaded through a network of back streets. V prep
6 verb If you thread a long thin object through something, you pass it through one or more holes or narrow spaces.
...threading the laces through the eyelets of his shoes... V n through n
Instruments developed at the hospital allow doctors to thread microscopic telescopes into the digestive tract. V n into n
7 verb If you thread small objects such as beads onto a string or thread, you join them together by pushing the string through them.
Wipe the mushrooms clean and thread them on a string. V n prep
8 verb When you thread a needle, you put a piece of thread through the hole in the top of the needle in order to sew with it.
I sit down, thread a needle, snip off an old button. V n
9 If you say that something is hanging by a thread, you mean that it is in a very uncertain state and is unlikely to survive or succeed.
hang by a thread phrase V inflects
The fragile peace was hanging by a thread as thousands of hardliners took to the streets.
10 If you pick up the threads of an activity, you start it again after an interruption. If you pick up the threads of your life, you become more active again after a period of failure or bad luck.
pick up the threads of sth phrase V inflects
Many women have been able to pick up the threads of their former career.