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seam

noun \ ˈsēm \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of seam

1 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
2 :the space between adjacent planks or strakes of a ship
3 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
4 :a weak or vulnerable area or gap
  • found a seam in the zone defense

seamlike

play \ˈsēm-ˌlīk\ adjective
at the seams
:entirely, completely
  • falling apart at the seams

Examples of seam in a Sentence

  1. the seams of a dress

  2. the seams of a boat

  3. a rich seam of iron ore

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Origin and Etymology of seam

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

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seam

verb

Definition of seam

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

seamer

noun

Examples of seam in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of seam

1582

seam Synonyms

Synonyms
groove, scribe, score
Related Words
abrade, file, graze, mill, rasp, scarify, scratch; bevel, chamfer, flute


SEAM Defined for English Language Learners

seam

noun

Definition of seam for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SEAM Defined for Kids

seam

noun \ ˈsēm \

Definition of seam for Students

1 :the fold, line, or groove made by sewing together or joining two edges or two pieces of material
2 :a layer in the ground of a mineral or metal


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