thread

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a continuous ridge on a screw or pipe
  • verb to pass a thread or strand of something through a hole or gap

Cars & Driving

  • noun a helical ridge along the body of a screw, bolt, etc., formed by a die or lathe tool (male or external thread); (ii) helical groove in a cylindrical hole, nut, etc., formed by a tap or lathe tool (female or internal thread)

Computing

  • noun a program which consists of many independent smaller sections or beads

Construction

  • A ridge, of uniform cross section, following a helix on the external or internal surface of a cylinder.

Electronics

  • In computers, a process within another process, usually utilizing the resources of the latter.
  • One of multiple tasks or processes within those being simultaneously executed in threading.
  • A chain of messages, postings, or the like, which follows a current event, movie, music genre, or any chosen topic.
  • A thin strand, such as that of a conductor.

Information & Library Science

  • noun an idea or theme which connects the different parts of a story together

Medical

  • verb to insert a thin piece of cotton, suture, etc. through the eye of a needle

Origin & History of “thread”

A thread is etymologically something ‘twisted’. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *thrǣthuz, which was derived from the base *thrǣ- ‘twist’ (source also of English throw). Other descendants of *thrǣthuz include Dutch draad, Swedish tråd, and Danish traad ‘thread’ and German draht ‘wire’.
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