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a fine twist of fibrous material, distinguished from yarnyarn,
fibers or filaments formed into a continuous strand for use in weaving textiles or for the manufacture of thread. A staple fiber, such as cotton, linen, or wool, is made into yarn by carding, combing (for fine, long staples only), drawing out into roving, then spinning.
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 in general by being smoother, stronger, and more pliable; it is also better suited to sewing, embroidery, and lace making. Sewing or spool cottoncotton,
most important of the vegetable fibers, and the plant from which the fiber is harvested. The Cotton Plant

The cotton plant belongs to the genus Gossypium of the family Malvaceae (mallow family).
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 is made by twisting several fine strands into three-cord or six-cord thread, the latter being three two-ply strands twisted together. The size is controlled by the twisting process. The fine linen thread used in making expensive laces is spun by hand and is very costly. Synthetic threads, such as nylon, are most often used for heavy-duty sewing in carpets, shoes, and heavy canvases. Many ordinary sewing threads now contain some proportion of synthetic fiber.
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a filamentous length made from twisted cotton, wool, spun flax, natural silk, or chemical fibers. There are special threads for sewing, embroidery, knitting, and darning. Thread comes in various colors and has a mat or shiny surface. There also are unpolished raw threads. The thickness of threads is designated numerically: the thinner the thread, the higher its number (for example, cotton threads range in thickness from 10 to 80).

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What does it mean when you dream about thread?

Thread sometimes represents the link one has to this world, such as the umbilical cord. Thread also suggest binding together and strengthening. The dreamer may be strengthening commitments or relationships.

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(computer science)
A sequence of beads that are strung together.
(design engineering)
A continuous helical rib, as on a screw or pipe.
An extremely small vein, even thinner than a stringer.
(mining engineering)
A more or less straight line of stall faces, having no cuttings, loose ends, fast ends, or steps.
A continuous strand formed by spinning and twisting together short strands of textile fibers.
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thread: terminology
The prominent spiral part of a screw; a ridge of uniform section in the form of a helix on
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1. a fine cord of twisted filaments, esp of cotton, used in sewing, weaving, etc.
2. any of the filaments of which a spider's web is made
3. a helical groove in a cylindrical hole (female thread), formed by a tap or lathe tool, or a helical ridge on a cylindrical bar, rod, shank, etc. (male thread), formed by a die or lathe tool
4. the course of an individual's life believed in Greek mythology to be spun, measured, and cut by the Fates
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(1) In a multithreaded system, a thread is one process that occurs simultaneously with other processes. See multithreading.

(2) A sequence of messages on the same topic in an email, newsgroup, forum, blog or groupware program. See threaded email and message thread.

(3) (Thread) An Internet of Things (IoT) protocol based on IPv6 addresses and the IEEE 802.15.4 standard for devices in the home. See IPv6, 802.15 and 6LoWPAN.
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She said: "News is like a soap opera - if you miss a few days, you can lose the thread so the best thing is to just keep watching and listening."
In this path we are taught that everything is interconnected and that by trying to make things happen we lose the thread of the natural flow of life and our place in it.
Vereb has written everything she knows about Piron and the eighteenth century, and much else, and it is very easy to lose the thread of her arguments amid the welter of detail, digressions, and occasional repetitions.
Readers who cannot make the leap between two sentences will lose the thread, and then there is no way to get back on track.
Blues seemed to lose the thread of things after the shock of Caddis' departure, and Bolton pushed players on.
It's very rude and I lose the thread of what I want to say.
It starts off well enough, with a touch of Heathers and even Catcher in the Rye illuminating the story, but as the plot unfolds the film, like the main character, begins to lose the thread and becomes bogged down in minor details.
Goldschmidt frequently rose from his seat to speak quietly with other board members or staff while the meeting continued but never seemed to lose the thread of what was being discussed.
Again, it's very hard to describe to someone who's not engaged in creative writing, but you lose the threads, you worry if you will be able to pick them up again in exactly the same way.' In his opening statement, RDR lawyer Anthony Falzone defended the lexicon as a reference guide, calling it a legitimate effort to organize and discuss the complicated and very elaborate world of Harry Potter.' The small publisher is not contesting that the lexicon infringes upon Rowling's copyright but argues that it is a fair use allowable by law for reference books.