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English noun: thread

1. thread (artifact) a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving


Broader (hypernym)cord

Narrower (hyponym)cotton, dental floss, filling, floss, floss, Lastex, ligature, metallic, nap, pick, pile, purl, suture, tinsel, warp, weft, woof, worsted, worsted yarn

2. thread (object) any long object resembling a thin line

SamplesA mere ribbon of land.
The lighted ribbon of traffic.
From the air the road was a grey thread.
A thread of smoke climbed upward.


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)blade

3. thread (cognition) the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together

SamplesI couldn't follow his train of thought.
He lost the thread of his argument.

Synonymstrain of thought

Broader (hypernym)cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process

4. thread (artifact) the raised helical rib going around a screw

Synonymsscrew thread

Broader (hypernym)rib

Part meronymscrew

English verb: thread

1. thread (motion) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

SamplesThe river winds through the hills.
The path meanders through the vineyards.
Sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body.

Synonymsmeander, wander, weave, wind

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)snake

Verb groupwander

2. thread (contact) pass a thread through

SamplesThread a needle.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, guide, pass, run

3. thread (contact) remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string

SamplesShe had her eyebrows threaded.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out

4. thread (contact) pass through or into

SamplesThread tape.
Thread film.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, guide, pass, run

5. thread (contact) thread on or as if on a string

SamplesString pearls on a string.
The child drew glass beads on a string.
Thread dried cranberries.

Synonymsdraw, string

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

Narrower (hyponym)bead, wire

Verb groupdraw, guide, pass, run

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