Threadbare vs Thread - What's the difference?

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Threadbare is a derived term of thread.


As a adjective threadbare

is (of cloth) shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show.

As a noun thread is

a long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.

As a verb thread is

to put thread through.

threadbare

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (of cloth) shabby, frayed and worn to an extent that warp threads show
  • * 2014, (Paul Salopek), Blessed. Cursed. Claimed. , National Geographic (December 2014)[http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/pilgrim-roads/salopek-text]
  • Unkempt, in threadbare clothes, with holed shoes and sun-cured hide, my costume is permanent: the traveler, the man from far away.
  • damaged or shabby
  • * Thomas Carlyle
  • Holy Virgin stood in the main Convent of Glatz, in rather a threadbare condition, when the Prussians first approached; the Jesuits, and ardently Orthodox of both sexes, flagitating Heaven and her with their prayers, that she would vouchsafe to keep the Prussians out.
  • (of a person) wearing clothes of threadbare material
  • (of speech) banal or ; trite or hackneyed
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=August 21 , author=Jason Heller , title=The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review) , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=When the album succeeds, such as on the swaggering, Queen-esque “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” it does so on The Darkness’ own terms—that is, as a random ’80s-cliché generator. But with so many tired, lazy callbacks to its own threadbare catalog (including “Love Is Not The Answer,” a watery echo of the epic “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” from 2003’s Permission To Land''), ''Hot Cakes marks the point where The Darkness has stopped cannibalizing the golden age of stadium rock and simply started cannibalizing itself. And, despite Hawkins’ inveterate crotch-grabbing, there was never that much meat there to begin with. }}

    Synonyms

    * See also

    thread

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A long, thin and flexible form of material, generally with a round cross-section, used in sewing, weaving or in the construction of string.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Michael Arlen), title= “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, chapter=Ep./1/2
  • , passage=He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.}}
  • A theme or idea.
  • A screw thread.
  • A sequence of connections.
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  • The line midway between the banks of a stream.
  • (label) A unit of execution, lighter in weight than a process, generally expected to share memory and other resources with other threads executing concurrently.
  • (label) A series of messages, generally grouped by subject, all but the first replies to previous messages in the thread.
  • A filament, as of a flower, or of any fibrous substance, as of bark.
  • (label) Composition; quality; fineness.
  • * (Ben Jonson) (1572-1637)
  • A neat courtier, / Of a most elegant thread .

    Synonyms

    * (theme) topic

    Derived terms

    * hang by a thread * quadruple thread * screw thread * thread count * thread necromancy * thread pool * threadbare * threader * thready

    Verb

  • To put thread through.
  • thread a needle
  • To pass (through a narrow constriction or around a series of obstacles).
  • I think I can thread my way through here, but it’s going to be tight.
  • * 2013 , Ben Smith, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24503988]", BBC Sport , 19 October 2013:
  • Picking the ball up in his own half, Januzaj threaded a 40-yard pass into the path of Rooney to slice Southampton open in the blink of an eye.
  • To screw on, to fit the s of a nut on a bolt
  • Derived terms

    * threaded (as adjective) * multithreaded

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