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thread

noun 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, 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   us   /θred/

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?
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