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Air thread


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Air thread the fine white filaments which are seen floating in the air in summer, the production of spiders; gossamer.
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In literature:

From this unseen receiver a little thread of green smoke rose vertically into the quiet air.
"The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells
The hushed air was threaded with a murmurous refrain of minstrel winds and waves.
"Anne's House of Dreams" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Durrance set his foot upon it, and a tiny thread of smoke spurted into the air.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
A twinkling air-thread in the vast of space.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
I felt I could almost see our corkscrew-track in the air, like twisted threads of gold on blue.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Throwing the food problem to the winds I set myself with a businesslike air to sew together the ragged threads.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
A thin thread of smoke could be observed ascending in the frigid morning air, but no camp was in sight.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
The coiled thread holds the little tube open so that the air may pass readily.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
The thread in its final air-dry state has a
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
From this awful wound two small spouts of blood, about the thickness of a coarse thread, rose a foot and a half into the air.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
Yet he touched not the ground, but with talons outspread, Hung suspended in air at the end of a thread.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The lower air, near the earth, was full of these threads.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Off the starboard bow could be seen a thin thread of smoke that rose almost perpendicularly in the still air.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
They pretended to roll the cloth off the looms; cut the air with their scissors; and sewed with needles without any thread in them.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
The trapezeist swung high in air like a glittering blue spider suspended by silver threads.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
Filmy threads of gossamer floated through the air, suffused with a soft golden glow.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
You wear, sir, an intent commercial air; have you thread and needles in your pack?
"Rosalind at Red Gate" by Meredith Nicholson
In air such a tiny thread of white-hot carbon would burn in a fraction of a second.
"The Story of Great Inventions" by Elmer Ellsworth Burns
A thread-like tangle of song netted the air.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
He left the hot, sweet air of the big hothouse and threaded his way among the glittering glasshouses to the potting-shed.
"The Literary Sense" by E. Nesbit

In poetry:

And the dark clouds that veiled thy moon
Were silvery-threaded tissues bright,
Looping the locks of amber light
That float but on the airs of June.
"To June. Written After An Ungenial May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
He blew a great blast, and the thread was gone.
In the air
Was a moonbeam bare;
Larger and nearer the shy stars shone:
Sure and certain the Moon was gone!
"The Wind And The Moon" by George MacDonald
Threading its maze of arbors fair
Under its saffron bowers,
I watch, in the crisp, November air,
Through vine-framed openings here and there
The ivied walls of castles rare
And ruined Roman towers.
"After The Vintage" by John Lawson Stoddard
See! the lark starts up from his bed in the meadow there,
Breaking the gossamer threads and the nets of dew,
And flashing a-down the river, a flame of blue!
The kingfisher flies like an arrow, and wounds the air.
"Magdalen Walks" by Oscar Wilde
Then I cut him off from his fellow-men that his thought might turn to me;
But he strung him a line of copper thread,
And his fire-shod words swung overhead,
By the fiend of air his thought was spread
O'er hill, and plain, and lea.
"The Mothering" by Robert James Campbell Stead

In news:

Another limitation is that inserts typically cannot create air and watertight seals without using a thread -locking compound.
The RS9333 chipset leverages Redpine's Quali-Fi 802.11ac technology and ThreadArch multi-threaded processor for 1.3Gbps on-air throughput minimizing both form-factor and power-consumption for integration into smartphones and tablets.
One consistent thread seems to be the extraordinary labor hours required for all the details, especially air-sealing.
Cruising under power through footless halls of air, Jim Lee and I thread our way between vaulting rises of cotton-edged clouds.
The Stink Stick is a heavy-duty scent dispenser, utilizing close-fit tapered threads at both ends for keeping scent fresh and unwanted air out.