noun \ˈsēm\

: 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

a :  the joining of two pieces (as of cloth or leather) by sewing usually near the edge
b :  the stitching used in such a joining
:  the space between adjacent planks or strakes of a ship
a :  a line, groove, or ridge formed by the abutment of edges
b :  a thin layer or stratum (as of rock) between distinctive layers; also :  a bed of valuable mineral and especially coal irrespective of thickness
c :  a line left by a cut or wound; also :  wrinkle
:  a weak or vulnerable area or gap <found a seam in the zone defense>
seam·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at the seams
:  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

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought



Definition of SEAM

transitive verb
a :  to join by sewing
b :  to join as if by sewing (as by welding, riveting, or heat-sealing)
:  to mark with lines suggesting seams
intransitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of SEAM


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