What does the word thread mean?

Usage examples for thread

  1. Then for the first time Wolfenden began to wonder dimly whether Mr. Sabin had some purpose of his own in so closely pursuing the thread of this conversation. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. I suppose you realize that your life hung by a thread in this very room only a minute ago. – Okewood of the Secret Service by Valentine Williams
  3. In a Hester Street house we found two little girls pulling basting- thread. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis

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