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thread

noun  us   /θred/

thread noun (FIBER)

[C/U] a very thin twisted string of esp. cotton or silk, used mostly for sewing: [U] It takes practice to use a needle and thread well. [C] There’s a loose thread on your dress. [C/U] A thread is also something continuous that connects different ideas or thoughts together: [C] A common thread runs through their various experiences. [U] A ringing phone interrupted the thread of her story.

thread noun (TWISTING CUT)

[C] a continuous cut that twists around the outside of a screw or around an opening, as on a pipe: The threads are worn, and I can’t tighten the screw.

thread

verb [T]  us   /θred/

thread verb [T] (USE FIBER)

to put thread through the hole in a needle, or to put something narrow through a small opening: to thread a needle He threaded a thin strip of tape through the machine. fig. She threaded her way through the crowd (= moved along a narrow path to go around people in her way).
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