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Definition: thread the needle
(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.
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; also, one fiber
of a cord composed of multiple fibers.
2. A filament of any substance, as of glass, gold or silver;
a filamentous part of an object, such as a flower; a
component fiber of any or of any fibrous substance, as of
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
recurrent theme or related sequence of events in a larger
story; as the thread of a story, or of life, or of a
discourse. --Bp. Burnet.
5. Fig.: Composition; quality; fineness. [Obs.]
A neat courtier,
Of a most elegant thread. --B. Jonson.
6. (Computers) A related sequence of instructions or actions
within a program that runs at least in part independent of
other actions within the program; -- such threads are
capable of being executed only in oprating systems
7. (Computers) A sequence of messages posted to an on-line
newsgroup or discussion group, dealing with the same
topic; -- messages in such a thread typically refer to a
previous posting, thus allowing their identification as
part of the thread. Some news-reading programs allow a
user to follow a single such thread independent of the
other postings to that newsgroup.
, the fine white filaments which are seen
floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders;
Thread and thrum
, the good and bad together. [Obs.] --Shak.
(Zo["o]l.), a lasso cell. See under Lasso
(Zo["o]l.), the gizzard shad. See under
, lace made of linen thread.
, 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