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Meaning of “thread” in the English Dictionary

"thread" in British English

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threadnoun

uk   us   /θred/
  • thread noun (FIBRE)

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

C2 [C] The thread of a ​book, ​discussion, ​speech, etc. is ​itsstory or the way that it ​develops, one ​partconnecting with another: One of the ​main threads of the ​film is the ​development of the ​relationship between the ​boy and his ​uncle. The ​sounddistracted me and I lost the thread of (= ​forgot) what I was saying.C2 [C] a ​connectedgroup of ​pieces of writing on the internet, where ​people are ​talking about a ​particularsubject: I was so ​glad to ​find this thread, and to ​know that ​lots of ​people have the same ​problem as me!
  • thread noun (SCREW)

[C] a ​continuousraisedline, such as the one that goes around the ​outside of a screw or bolt or the inside of a ​hole

threadverb [T]

uk   us   /θred/
(Definition of thread from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thread" in American English

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threadnoun

 us   /θred/
  • thread noun (FIBER)

[C/U] a very ​thintwistedstring of esp. ​cotton or ​silk, used ​mostly for ​sewing: [U] It ​takespractice to use a ​needle and thread well. [C] There’s a ​loose thread on ​yourdress. [C/U] A thread is also something ​continuous that ​connects different ​ideas or ​thoughts together: [C] A ​common thread ​runs through ​theirvariousexperiences. [U] A ​ringingphoneinterrupted the thread of her ​story.
  • thread noun (TWISTING CUT)

[C] a ​continuouscut 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.

threadverb [T]

 us   /θred/
  • thread verb [T] (USE FIBER)

to put thread through the ​hole in a ​needle, or to put something ​narrow through a ​smallopening: to thread a ​needle He threaded a ​thinstrip of ​tape through the ​machine. fig. She threaded her way through the ​crowd (= moved along a ​narrowpath to go around ​people in her way).
(Definition of thread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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