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weave

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verb \ˈwēv\

Definition of weave

wove play \ˈwōv\ or weavedwo·ven play \ˈwō-vən\ or weavedweav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to form (cloth) by interlacing strands (as of yarn); specifically :  to make (cloth) on a loom by interlacing warp and filling threads b :  to interlace (as threads) into cloth c :  to make (as a basket) by intertwining

  3. 2 :  spin 2 —used of spiders and insects

  4. 3 :  to interlace especially to form a texture, fabric, or design

  5. 4 a :  to produce by elaborately combining elements :  contrive b :  to unite in a coherent whole c :  to introduce as an appropriate element :  work in —usually used with in or into

  6. 5 :  to direct (as the body) in a winding or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to work at weaving :  make cloth

  9. 2 :  to move in a devious, winding, or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles



Origin of weave

Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; akin to Old High German weban to weave, Greek hyphainein to weave, hyphos web


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

weave

noun

Simple Definition of weave

  • : a pattern in a woven cloth : a particular way of weaving cloth

Full Definition of weave

  1. 1 :  something woven; especially :  woven cloth

  2. 2 :  any of the patterns or methods for interlacing the threads of woven fabrics

1581

First Known Use of weave

1581

Other Textiles Terms


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weave

verb

Definition of weave

weavedweav·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move waveringly from side to side :  sway



Origin of weave

Middle English weven to move to and fro, wave; akin to Old Norse veifa to be in movement — more at wipe


First Known Use: 1596



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