Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A thread may refer to any of the following:

1. With respect to computer programming, a thread is a portion of code that may be executed independently of the main program. For example, a program may have an open thread waiting for a specific event to occur or running a separate job, allowing the main program to perform other tasks. A program is capable of having multiple threads open at once and will either terminate or suspend them after a task is completed, or the program is closed.

2. When referring to a computer forum, a thread consists of an original message or post and each of its corresponding responses. For example, in a newsgroup or message board, a user may post a question relating to computers; each of the replies relating to the original message are a single thread. Below is an illustration to help give you a better idea of how a thread looks.

Original Post:
<Original Message> user - [email protected]
Hello, I was wondering if anyone knows how to turn on a computer.

>>Joe - [email protected]
>>User have you tried pressing the power button?

>>>>User - [email protected]
>>>>Joe what is the power button?

>>>>>>Joe - [email protected]
>>>>>>The power button is usually a small round button located on the front of your computer's case.

As can be seen by the above example thread, a user can view the complete message and make any additional feedback or comments as well. A thread can refer to any ongoing communication, including e-mail.

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