seam·less | \ˈsēm-ləs \

Definition of seamless 

1 : having no seams

2a : having no awkward transitions, interruptions, or indications of disparity a seamless fusion of beauty and intelligence— Jack Kroll et al.

b : perfect, flawless a seamless performance

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Other Words from seamless

seamlessly \ˈsēm-ləs-lē \ adverb
seamlessness \ˈsēm-ləs-nəs \ noun

Figurative Meanings of Seamless

Seamless came into the English language in the fifteenth century with a fairly literal meaning: “having no seams” (seam itself signifying “the joining of two pieces (as of cloth or leather) by sewing usually near the edge”). Throughout much of the word’s early history, expecially in the seventeenth century, it was employed by writers to refer to the “seamless coat (or garment)" of Jesus Christ. In modern use, the word usually has the figurative sense “without flaws” or "without interruption" rather than “without seams.”

Examples of seamless in a Sentence

The transitions from scene to scene were seamless. a seamless transfer of power

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Match the curtains to the room’s wall color for a seamless look. Joanna Linberg, Sunset, "10 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Bedroom," 22 Jan. 2018 Despite a style that leaned more colorful and eclectic in the past, Johnson went into this project aiming for a seamless look and feel across the house. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Before + After: A Spanish-Style Home Is Reimagined In True L.A. Fashion," 2 June 2017 With one department, these incentives could be realigned, and the system for educating and training workers could be more seamless. Anthony P. Carnevale, Washington Post, "The Education and Labor departments were made for each other," 22 June 2018 The stories are full of trapdoors, but Schutt’s craft is seamless. Julie Orringer, New York Times, "Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective," 22 June 2018 Romo garnered praised in how seamless his transition was from the playing field to the broadcast booth, and believes Witten would make similar strides. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Should Jason Witten chase a Super Bowl? Tony Romo understands dilemma | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 The transition of seeing the game from a player’s perspective to that of a coach has been seamless for Perrotti. J.c. Carnahan,, "Dr. Phillips softball family setting new standards this season," 13 Apr. 2018 The engine has a nice note, and the transmission goes about its business in a seamless fashion. Al Haas,, "Redesigned GMC Terrain Denali offers style, space, agility | Al Haas," 10 Apr. 2018 Is Meghan Markle‘s seamless transition into British royalty moving to the next level? Maura Hohman,, "Does This Video Prove That Meghan Markle Is Losing Her American Accent? Watch and Decide," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of seamless

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seamless

: having no seams

: moving from one thing to another easily and without any interruptions or problems

: perfect and having no flaws or errors

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