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  1. A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
  2. A theme or idea.
    All of these essays have a common thread.
    I’ve lost the thread of what you’re saying.
  3. A sequence of connections.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
      I was pondering these things, when an incident, and a somewhat unexpected one, broke the thread of my musings.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      "Let him go on. Do not interrupt him. He cannot go back, and maybe could not proceed at all if once he lost the thread of his thought."
  4. A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  5. A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  6. A helical ridge or groove, as on a screw.
  7. The line midway between the banks of a stream.

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