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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  To  pass  or  pierce  through  as  a  narrow  way  also  to  effect 
  or  make  as  one's  way  through  or  between  obstacles;  to 
  thrid. 
 
  Heavy  trading  ships  .  .  .  threading  the  Bosphorus. 
  --Mitford. 
 
  They  would  not  thread  the  gates.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  form  a  thread,  or  spiral  rib,  on  or  in  as  to  thread  a 
  screw  or  nut. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Thread  \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  very  small  twist  of  flax,  wool,  cotton,  silk,  or  other 
  fibrous  substance,  drawn  out  to  considerable  length;  a 
  compound  cord  consisting  of  two  or  more  single  yarns 
  doubled,  or  joined  together,  and  twisted. 
 
  2.  A  filament,  as  of  a  flower,  or  of  any  fibrous  substance, 
  as  of  bark;  also  a  line  of  gold  or  silver. 
 
  3.  The  prominent  part  of  the  spiral  of  a  screw  or  nut;  the 
  rib.  See  {Screw},  n.,  1. 
 
  4.  Fig.:  Something  continued  in  a  long  course  or  tenor;  a,s 
  the  thread  of  life,  or  of  a  discourse.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  5.  Fig.:  Composition;  quality;  fineness.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  neat  courtier,  Of  a  most  elegant  thread.  --B. 
  Jonson 
 
  {Air  thread},  the  fine  white  filaments  which  are  seen 
  floating  in  the  air  in  summer,  the  production  of  spiders; 
  gossamer. 
 
  {Thread  and  thrum},  the  good  and  bad  together.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {Thread  cell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  lasso  cell.  See  under  {Lasso}. 
 
  {Thread  herring}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  gizzard  shad.  See  under 
  {Gizzard}. 
 
  {Thread  lace},  lace  made  of  linen  thread. 
 
  {Thread  needle},  a  game  in  which  children  stand  in  a  row, 
  joining  hands,  and  in  which  the  outer  one  still  holding 
  his  neighbor,  runs  between  the  others  --  called  also 
  {thread  the  needle}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  thread 
  n  1:  a  fine  cord  of  twisted  fibers  (of  cotton  or  silk  or  wool  or 
  nylon  etc.)  used  in  sewing  and  weaving  [syn:  {yarn}] 
  2:  any  long  object  resembling  a  thin  line  "a  mere  ribbon  of 
  land";  "the  lighted  ribbon  of  traffic";  "from  the  air  the 
  road  was  a  gray  thread";  "a  thread  of  smoke  climbed 
  upward"  [syn:  {ribbon}] 
  3:  the  connections  that  link  the  various  parts  of  an  event  or 
  argument  together;  "I  couldn't  follow  his  train  of 
  thought";  "he  lost  the  thread  of  his  argument"  [syn:  {train 
  of  thought}] 
  4:  the  raised  helical  rib  going  around  a  screw  [syn:  {screw 
  thread}] 
  v  1:  to  move  or  cause  to  move  in  a  sinuous,  spiral,  or  circular 
  course:  the  river  winds  through  the  hills.  [syn:  {weave}, 
  {wind},  {meander}] 
  2:  pass  a  thread  through  "thread  a  needle" 
  3:  thread  on  or  as  if  on  a  string;  "string  pearls  on  a  string" 
  [syn:  {string}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  thread  n.  [Usenet,  GEnie,  CompuServe]  Common  abbreviation  of 
  `topic  thread',  a  more  or  less  continuous  chain  of  postings  on  a  single 
  topic.  To  `follow  a  thread'  is  to  read  a  series  of  Usenet  postings 
  sharing  a  common  subject  or  (more  correctly)  which  are  connected  by 
  Reference  headers.  The  better  newsreaders  can  present  news  in  thread 
  order  automatically.  Not  to  be  confused  with  the  techspeak  sense  of 
  `thread',  e.g.  a  lightweight  process. 
 
  Interestingly,  this  is  far  from  a  neologism.  The  OED  says:  "That 
  which  connects  the  successive  points  in  anything  esp.  a  narrative, 
  train  of  thought,  or  the  like  the  sequence  of  events  or  ideas  continuing 
  throughout  the  whole  course  of  anything;"  Citations  are  given  going  back 
  to  1642! 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  thread 
 
  1.  See  {multithreading}. 
 
  2.  See  {threaded  code}. 
 
  3.  {topic  thread}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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