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Thread, subst. a small twist drawn out to considerable length: “golden --s,” Lucr. 400. “a silken t.” Ado V, 1, 25. Rom. II, 2, 181. “thou t.” Shr. IV, 3, 108. “a skein of t.” Shr. IV, 3, 108 “with needle and t.” Shr. IV, 3, 108 “a bottom of brown t.” Shr. IV, 3, 108 “weave their t. with bones,” Tw. II, 4, 46. “any silk, any t.” Wint. IV, 4, 325. “the smallest t. that ever spider twisted,” John IV, 3, 127. “one t., one little hair,” V, 7, 54. Emblem of life, as being spun and cut by the Parcae: “you have shore with shears his t. of silk,” Mids. V, 348 (Thisbe's speech). O Fates, come, come, cut t. and thrum, 291 (Pyramus' speech). “let not Bardolph's vital t. be cut,” H5 III, 6, 49 (Pistol's speech). “his t. of life had not so soon decayed,” H6A I, 1, 34. “their t. of life is spun,” H6B IV, 2, 31. “grief shore his old t. in twain,” Oth. V, 2, 206. “cut his t. of life,” Per. I, 2, 108. Figuratively: “he draweth out the t. of his verbosity,” LLL V, 1, 18. In Tp. IV, 3 O. Edd. I have given you here a third of mine own life; M. Edd. a thread or thrid.
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