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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thread \Thread\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Threaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threading}.]

1. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle.

2. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one's way, through or between obstacles; to thrid.

Heavy trading ships . . . threading the Bosphorus. --Mitford.

They would not thread the gates. --Shak.

3. To form a thread, or spiral rib, on or in; as, to thread a screw or nut.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thread \Thread\ (thr[e^]d), noun [OE. threed, [thorn]red, AS. [thorn]r[=ae]d; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG. dr[=a]t, Icel. [thorn]r[=a][eth]r a thread, Sw. tr[*a]d, Dan. traad, and AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist. See {Throw}, and cf. {Third}.]

1. A very small twist of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or other fibrous substance, drawn out to considerable length; a compound cord consisting of two or more single yarns doubled, or joined together, and twisted; also, one fiber of a cord composed of multiple fibers.

2. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver; a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.

3. The prominent part of the spiral of a screw or nut; the rib. See {Screw}, noun, 1.

4. (Fig.) Something continued in a long course or tenor; a recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a discourse. --Bp. Burnet.

5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.]

A neat courtier, Of a most elegant thread. --B. Jonson.

6. (Computers) A related sequence of instructions or actions within a program that runs at least in part independent of other actions within the program; -- such threads are capable of being executed only in oprating systems permittnig multitasking. [PJC]

7. (Computers) A sequence of messages posted to an on-line newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a previous posting, thus allowing their identification as part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a user to follow a single such thread independent of the other postings to that newsgroup. [PJC]

{Air thread}, the fine white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders; gossamer.

{Thread and thrum}, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.

{Thread cell} (Zool.), a lasso cell. See under {Lasso}.

{Thread herring} (Zool.), the gizzard shad. See under {Gizzard}.

{Thread lace}, lace made of linen thread.

{Thread needle}, a game in which children stand in a row, joining hands, and in which the outer one, still holding his neighbor, runs between the others; -- called also {thread the needle}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thread

noun

1: a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving [syn: {thread}, {yarn}]

2: any long object resembling a thin line; "a mere ribbon of land"; "the lighted ribbon of traffic"; "from the air the road was a grey thread"; "a thread of smoke climbed upward" [syn: {ribbon}, {thread}]

3: the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together; "I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument" [syn: {train of thought}, {thread}]

4: the raised helical rib going around a screw [syn: {screw thread}, {thread}]

verb

1: to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body" [syn: {weave}, {wind}, {thread}, {meander}, {wander}]

2: pass a thread through; "thread a needle"

3: remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string; "She had her eyebrows threaded"

4: pass through or into; "thread tape"; "thread film"

5: thread on or as if on a string; "string pearls on a string"; "the child drew glass beads on a string"; "thread dried cranberries" [syn: {string}, {thread}, {draw}]

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