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

groove, score, scribe

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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

Sad fish that’s past its prime will be somewhat matte and dry, sometimes falling apart a bit at the seams. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Can You Actually Swap Fish In a Recipe?," 1 Aug. 2019 Its only car factory, in Fremont, California, is already splitting at the seams. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s losses are piling up despite record sales," 24 July 2019 With a more health conscious society, the result is one pool that is bursting at the seams. ... Peter Marteka, courant.com, "Residents begin fundraising effort for proposed indoor aquatics center in Glastonbury," 15 July 2019 Frequent washing also shortens the life of your garments, fading the colors and pulling at the seams. Alden Wicker, Vox, "Clothing you don’t have to wash, explained," 15 July 2019 The Rockets, who seemed on the verge of splitting at the seams, should have an easier time talking themselves into surviving the current versions of the Lakers and the Clippers in the playoffs rather than knocking off the Big Three Lakers. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Winners and losers from the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George bombshell," 6 July 2019 Even before the start of high tourism season, there were signs that landmarks in Europe were bursting at the seams. Leonid Bershidsky, chicagotribune.com, "Europe braces for another summer of overtourism," 1 July 2019 The affluent and tight-knit community of Crystal, Colo., is torn apart at the seams with the announcement of the opening of a public magnet school for gifted children. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "5 books not to miss: 'Wanderers' by Chuck Wendig, 'American Predator,' 'Whisper Network'," 29 June 2019 To say the third train car will alleviate bursting-at-the-seams rush-hour commutes is an understatement, said Gary Thomas, the transit agency's executive director. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "$60 million federal grant will help DART extend platforms, ease crowding on Red and Blue lines," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Wore seamed stockings hooked to a suspender belt, tight pencil skirts and soft, brightly colored cashmere sweaters. Shirley Manson, New York Times, "Shirley Manson: The First Time I Cut Myself," 3 July 2018 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 rollups seam side down in an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 3 Nov. 2017 Many of the newest iterations are seamed to accentuate the body, providing a womanly shapeliness in place of utilitarian boxiness. Alev Aktar, WSJ, "Is a $5,930 Puffer Coat Sexier Than a $200 One?," 28 Sep. 2017

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

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seam

noun

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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