Faden

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See also: faden, fâden, and Fäden

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German vadem, from Old High German fadum, from Proto-West Germanic *faþm (embrace).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfaːdn̩/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Faden m (strong, genitive Fadens, plural Fäden or Faden, diminutive Fädchen n)

  1. yarn, thread
    der rote Fadenthe main theme (literally, “the red thread”)
  2. (nautical) fathom
  3. (medicine) suture
    die Fäden ziehento remove the sutures

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural Fäden and diminutive Fädchen are for the sense of “yarn, thread”.
  • The plural Faden is for the sense of “fathom”.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Esperanto: fadeno

Further reading[edit]

  • Faden” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Faden” in Duden online