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seam

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noun \ˈsēm\

Simple Definition of seam

  • : a line where two pieces of cloth or other material are sewn together

  • : a line where two pieces of wood, metal, dough, etc., are joined together

  • : a layer of coal, rock, etc., that is between two other layers of rock underground

Full Definition of seam

  1. 1a :  the joining of two pieces (as of cloth or leather) by sewing usually near the edgeb :  the stitching used in such a joining

  2. 2 :  the space between adjacent planks or strakes of a ship

  3. 3a :  a line, groove, or ridge formed by the abutment of edgesb :  a thin layer or stratum (as of rock) between distinctive layers; also :  a bed of valuable mineral and especially coal irrespective of thicknessc :  a line left by a cut or wound; also :  wrinkle

  4. 4 :  a weak or vulnerable area or gap <found a seam in the zone defense>

seam·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at the seams
  1. :  entirely, completely <falling apart at the seams>

Examples of seam

  1. the seams of a dress

  2. the seams of a boat

  3. a rich seam of iron ore



Origin of seam

Middle English seem, from Old English sēam; akin to Old English sīwian to sew — more at sew


First Known Use: before 12th century

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seam

verb

Definition of seam

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to join by sewingb :  to join as if by sewing (as by welding, riveting, or heat-sealing)

    2. 2 :  to mark with lines suggesting seams

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to become fissured or ridgy

    seam·er noun


    Examples of seam

    1. <in fencing circles it is a mark of honor to have one's face seamed with saber cuts>



    1582

    First Known Use of seam

    1582




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