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English definition of “thread”

thread

noun [C/U] (FIBER)   /θred/
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. 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.
(Definition of thread noun (FIBER) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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