1. A very little twist
of flax, wool, cotton, silk, or another fibrous
stuff, 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
stuff, as of bark; also, a line
3. The prominent part
of the spiral
of a screw
or nut; the rib. See Screw.
4. Something continued
in a long rate
or tenor; a,s the thread
of life, or of a discourse.
5. Composition; characteristic; fineness. "A neat
courtier, Of a most elegant thread." (B. Jonson) Air thread, the beautiful white
filaments which are seen floating
in the air
in summer, the manufacture of spiders; gossamer. Thread and thrum, the good
Thread cell, the gizzard shad. See 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.
Origin: OE. Threed, red, AS. Rd; akin to D. Draad, G. Draht wire, thread, OHG. Drat, Icel. Rar a thread, Sw. Trad, Dan. Traad, and AS. Rawan to twist. See Throw, and cf. Third.
Source: Websters Vocabulary