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thread

noun uk   /θred/ us  

thread noun (FIBRE)

C2 [C or U] (a length of) a very thin fibre: needle and thread loose threads [C] a long, thin line of something such as light or smoke: A thin thread of light made its way through the curtains.

thread noun (CONNECTION)

C2 [C] The thread of a book, discussion, speech, etc. is its story or the way that it develops, one part connecting with another: One of the main threads of the film is the development of the relationship between the boy and his uncle. Unfortunately my attention wandered for a moment and I lost the thread of (= forgot) what I was saying.C2 [C] a connected group of pieces of writing on the internet, where people are talking about a particular subject: I was so pleased to find this thread, and to know that lots of people have the same problem as me!

thread noun (SCREW)

[C] a continuous raised line, such as the one that goes around the outside of a screw or bolt or the inside of a hole
threads [plural] informal clothes: Be environmentally friendly and wear recycled threads!

thread

verb [T] uk   /θred/ us  

thread verb [T] (NEEDLE)

C2 to put something long and thin such as string or thread through a narrow hole or into a small space: to thread a needle The sari had gold strands threaded through the material.

thread verb [T] (HAIR)

to remove hair from someone's face using a long piece of thread: Have you ever had your eyebrows threaded?
Translations of “thread”
in Korean 실…
in Arabic خَيْط…
in French fil, filetage…
in Turkish iplik, rabıta, mecra…
in Italian filo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 纖維, 線, (光、煙等)線狀物,線狀體…
in Russian нитка, связь, ход…
in Polish nić, nitka, wątek…
in Spanish hilo, hebra, rosca…
in Portuguese linha, fio…
in German der Faden, das Gewinde…
in Catalan fil…
in Japanese (裁縫用の)糸…
in Chinese (Simplified) 纤维, 线, (光、烟等)线状物,线状体…
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