thread


thread
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noun
1 piece of cotton, etc.
ADJECTIVE
strong
delicate (usually figurative), fine, fragile (usually figurative), thin

Our lives hang by a fragile thread.

loose
matching
cotton, gold, silk, etc.
embroidery, sewing
warp, weft
… OF THREAD
length, piece
VERB + THREAD
spin
pull

You've pulled a thread in your sweater.

cut
PHRASES
hanging by a thread (often figurative)

The player's career is hanging by a thread after this latest injury to his knee.

needle and thread
2 connection between ideas, parts of a story, etc.
ADJECTIVE
central, main
common, connecting
consistent, continuous
narrative, plot
loose

Apart from one or two loose threads, the police now had the complete picture of what happened.

VERB + THREAD
have

These stories have no real common thread.

follow, trace

I found it hard to follow the main thread of his argument.

find

Police have not been able to find a common thread linking the victims.

lose

The speaker lost his thread halfway through the talk.

keep

She struggled against all the interruptions to keep the thread of her argument.

draw together, pick up, pull together, weave

The author eventually picks up the various threads of the plot and weaves them into a masterly conclusion.

THREAD + VERB
run through sth

A continuous thread runs through all the versions of the legend.

connect, link
emerge

On studying the different historians' accounts, common threads emerge.

unravel

As the movie progresses, the threads of the plot slowly begin to unravel.

3 series of connected messages
ADJECTIVE
comment, discussion
VERB + THREAD
open, start
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verb
Thread is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bead, ↑finger, ↑needle, ↑way, ↑yarn

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Thread — (thr[e^]d), n. [OE. threed, [thorn]red, AS. [thorn]r[=ae]d; akin to D. draad, G. draht wire, thread, OHG. dr[=a]t, Icel. [thorn]r[=a][eth]r a thread, Sw. tr[*a]d, Dan. traad, and AS. [thorn]r[=a]wan to twist. See {Throw}, and cf. {Third}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thread — thread; thread·bare·ness; thread·dle; thread·ed; thread·en; thread·er; thread·i·ness; thread·less; thread·let; un·thread; …   English syllables

  • thread — [thred] n. [ME threde < OE thræd (akin to Ger draht) < base of thrawan, to twist: see THROW] 1. a) a light, fine, stringlike length of material made up of two or more fibers or strands of spun cotton, flax, silk, etc. twisted together and… …   English World dictionary

  • Thread — Thread, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Threaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Threading}.] 1. To pass a thread through the eye of; as, to thread a needle. [1913 Webster] 2. To pass or pierce through as a narrow way; also, to effect or make, as one s way, through or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thread|y — «THREHD ee», adjective, thread|i|er, thread|i|est. 1. consisting of or resembling a thread; threadlike. 2. a) composed of fine fibers; …   Useful english dictionary

  • thread — ► NOUN 1) a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibres used in sewing or weaving. 2) a long thin line or piece of something. 3) (also screw thread) a spiral ridge on the outside of a screw, bolt, etc. or on the inside of a cylindrical… …   English terms dictionary

  • thread — (n.) O.E. þræd fine cord, especially when twisted (related to þrawan to twist ), from P.Gmc. *thrædus (Cf. M.Du. draet, Du. draad, O.H.G. drat, Ger. Draht, O.N. þraðr), from suffixed form of root *thræ twist (see THROW (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thread — [θrɛd] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. thread, eigtl. »Faden«> Folge von Nachrichten zu einem Thema in einer ↑Newsgroup (EDV) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • thread — thread. См. нить. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Thread — (spr. thredd, »Faden«), die engl. Haspellänge: bei Baumwollengarn (auch bout) und der in Deutschland üblichen Weise (middle reel) für Kammgarn = 1,5 Yards, bei der meist gebräuchlichen kurzen Weise (short reel) für Kammgarn = 1 Yard oder 91,44 cm …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Thread — (spr. thredd), die engl. Haspellänge, bei Baumwollgarn zu 11/2 Yards = 137,16 cm, bei Wollgarn zu 1 Yard = 91,144 cm, bei Leinen und Hanfgarn zu 21/2 Yards = 228,597 cm, bei gezwirnter Seide zu 1 1/3 Yards = 121,92 cm …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon


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