- 1[transitive] thread something (+ adv./prep.) to pass something long and thin, especially thread, through a narrow opening or hole to thread a needle (with cotton) to thread cotton through a needle A tiny wire is threaded through a vein to the heart.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to move or make something move through a narrow space, avoiding things that are in the way synonym pick your way (across, along, among, over, through something) + adv./prep. The waiters threaded between the crowded tables. thread your way + adv./prep. It took me a long time to thread my way through the crowd.
- 3[transitive] thread something (onto something) to join two or more objects together by passing something long and thin through them to thread beads (onto a string) Thread the cubes of meat and vegetables onto metal skewers.
- 4[transitive] thread something to pass film, tape, string, etc. through parts of a piece of equipment so that it is ready to use
- 5[transitive, usually passive] thread something (with something) to sew or twist a particular type of thread into something a robe threaded with gold and silver Word Origin Old English thrǣd (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch draad and German Draht, also to the verb throw. The verb dates from late Middle English.
BrE BrE//θred//; NAmE NAmE//θred//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thread
BrE BrE//θred//; NAmE NAmE//θred//he / she / it threads
BrE BrE//θredz//; NAmE NAmE//θredz//past simple threaded
BrE BrE//ˈθredɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθredɪd//past participle threaded
BrE BrE//ˈθredɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθredɪd//-ing form threading
BrE BrE//ˈθredɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθredɪŋ//