\ 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


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


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


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 There is merit to each method, and the best offenses do all three, but Clemson is particularly effective at using play fakes to hit quick seam throws. cleveland, "Can Ohio State football find an answer to Clemson’s pressure offense after its 2019 experience? Film Analysis," 30 Dec. 2020 The residence features a standing seam metal roof and 4,450 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. Dallas News, "Alexander Hunt Distinct Homes offers modern farmhouse design," 20 Dec. 2020 Mike Gesicki, whom the Dolphins primarily use as a flex tight end, a pseudo H-back who works off the line of scrimmage, has routinely lined up as a seam weapon going back to last season. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins’ slot-receiver struggles hindering offense | Commentary," 3 Dec. 2020 The vertical route down the seam forces safety Anthony Harris to keep his depth, while Gladney (#20) is left alone on Cooper (#19) and loses in a tough spot. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film review: How crossed wires busted the Vikings secondary again in Cowboys loss," 24 Nov. 2020 On the final play of the game, Jackson targeted Snead on a seam route in the end zone for the potential game-winning touchdown. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Ravens’ John Harbaugh says he received no word from officials on controversial final play vs. Steelers," 1 Nov. 2020 But on the Colts go-ahead touchdown, Burton ran a seam route to the back of the end zone. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts tight end Trey Burton shines with rushing, receiving touchdowns in win over Bengals," 18 Oct. 2020 Early in the second quarter, Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans ran a seam route that Williams snuffed out, skyrocketing into the air near midfield to snag Brady's first interception of the season. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "For Saints, CB Janoris Jenkins, 'anticipation' is key when it comes to interceptions," 15 Sep. 2020 Midway through the third frame, sophomore quarterback Mitch Bolden got the Firebirds on the board hitting senior Adrian Davis on a seam route that went 76 yards. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Lessons learned in Friday night preview game between Lakota West, St. Xavier," 22 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the pan is hot, add the burritos, seam side down. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, "Here's an easy breakfast recipe for burritos you can make ahead and freeze for later," 4 Oct. 2020 Arrange the pinwheels seam side down on serving plates, or use toothpicks to secure them. Washington Post, "French Dip Pinwheels," 24 Sep. 2020 Use the parchment paper to roll the stromboli until seam-side down, then position it in the middle of the parchment. Author: Meghan Splawn, Entrée, Anchorage Daily News, "The Kitchn: A quick and easy stromboli the whole family will love," 16 Aug. 2020 Remove from oven, and flip each taquito, seam side up. People Staff,, "Erin Clarke's Baked Chicken & Avocado Taquitos," 10 Aug. 2020 Set ball seam side down into prepared pot and cover. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Make Easy No-Knead Bread," 7 Apr. 2020 There are 3,000 yards in each spool and can be used with overlock sewing machines, which assist with sewing over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for edging, seaming or hemming. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Sewing essentials are significantly marked down right now at Wayfair," 28 Apr. 2020 Seemingly every surface of our test vehicle is covered in the same show-the-dirt, softly padded, French-seamed leatherette. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Compact SUV Battle: Ford vs. Honda vs. Mazda vs. Subaru vs. Toyota vs. VW," 20 Apr. 2020 Despite what seamed like a sudden array of lock downs and social distancing orders, there are leaders on the frontline creating solutions to combat this deadline virus. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Sew4Lives Has Donated Over 5,000 Face Mask To Those In Need," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of seam


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


1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for seam


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

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Seam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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