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noun thread pronunciation in British English /θred/ 
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pluralthreads
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a long thin fibre used for sewing pieces of cloth together or for weaving

    cotton/silk/nylon thread

    You need a longer piece of thread.

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    1. a.
      a long thin fibre or piece of something

      a caterpillar dangling by a silken thread

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  2. 2
    [countable] the raised line that curves around a screw or around the inside of the lid of a container
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  3. 3
    [countable] a long thin line of something
    thread of:

    A silvery thread of water cut through the forest.

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  4. 4
    [countable] an idea or condition that exists in all the different parts of something and that connects them
    a common/connecting thread:

    There is a common thread running through all the problems.

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