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threadnoun

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.

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 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).
(Definition of thread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"thread" in British English

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threadnoun

uk   /θred/ 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. The sound distracted me 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 glad 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

threadverb [T]

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