seam

noun
\ ˈsēm How to pronounce seam (audio) \

Definition of seam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : 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
at the seams
: entirely, completely falling apart at the seams

seam

verb
seamed; seaming; seams

Definition of seam (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from seam

Noun

seamlike \ ˈsēm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce seamlike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

seamer noun

Synonyms for seam

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of seam in a Sentence

Noun the seams of a dress the seams of a boat a rich seam of iron ore Verb in fencing circles it is a mark of honor to have one's face seamed with saber cuts
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But this is 2019, and once the internet found the ad and pulled at its seams, there was no turning back. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Peloton's perplexing new holiday ad has incensed the internet," 3 Dec. 2019 Urquidy’s four-seam fastball featured plenty of hop. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros blast Nationals in Game 4 to level World Series," 26 Oct. 2019 Improved command of his four-seam fastball and hard sinker started working for Gonzalez. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ rotation resurgence revolves around Kyle Freeland," 12 Oct. 2019 However, Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi struck him out with a four-seam fastball. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Mike Yastrzemski Makes Fenway Park Debut With Grandfather in Attendance," 17 Sep. 2019 Fold over and arrange seam side down in prepared pan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Orange-Thyme Parker House Rolls," 21 Oct. 2019 Gently place the dough on the towel, seam side down. Becky Krystal, chicagotribune.com, "How to pick, care for and cook in your Dutch oven," 11 Oct. 2019 Wrap the dough tightly, seam-side up, in plastic wrap, smoothing out any air pockets. CBS News, "Recipes from pasta master Evan Funke," 28 Sep. 2019 Add the blintzes in batches of 4 or 5 at a time, seam sides down; this will give you space to turn them easily in the pan. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Think: exaggerated collars, contrasting buttons, seaming details. Town & Country, "How to Wear a Classic White Button-Down Shirt for Any Occasion," 3 Sep. 2019 For collectors more interested in seaming than celluloid, several of the lots represent poignant moments in Dior’s history. David Nash, Town & Country, "Olivia de Havilland’s Collection of Christian Dior Haute Couture Is a Film and Fashion Treasure Trove," 15 Aug. 2019 Place dough seam side down in lightly greased large bowl or container, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Washington Post, "Next time, don’t buy sandwich bread. Make it at home," 1 July 2019 Roll dough into a ball and place seam side down on a lightly floured work surface. Bon Appetit, "Ramadan Date Cookies," 21 May 2018 My goal was to achieve this within one year...seamed reasonable to me! Leada Gore, AL.com, "How to get free McDonald's fries today," 20 Apr. 2018 Wrap log around can, seam side down, gently pulling from center of log to stretch around. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "King Cake," 12 Jan. 2018 Place dough seam side down in lightly greased large bowl or container, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Washington Post, "Next time, don’t buy sandwich bread. Make it at home," 1 July 2019 Roll up the fillets and place them seam side down on a plate. Gina Homolka And Heather K. Jones, Woman's Day, "Pesce Primavera," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of seam

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seam

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for seam

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The first known use of seam was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Seam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seam. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for seam

seam

noun
How to pronounce seam (audio)

English Language Learners 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
technical : a layer of coal, rock, etc., that is between two other layers of rock underground

seam

noun
\ ˈsēm How to pronounce seam (audio) \

Kids Definition of seam

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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