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

Recent Examples on the Web

The idea was that pay TV subscribers would get seamless and less-expensive access to internet TV services through their TV provider, which would give them incentive to keep TV subscriptions. Rani Molla, Recode, "Partnering with Netflix and Hulu hasn’t stopped pay TV providers from losing customers," 24 July 2018 All this to say: When Google products move over into Goop stores, the transition will be seamless. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 For Michael, who currently works as a co-host of GMA, the transition will be pretty seamless. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sounds Like 'GMA Day' With Sara Haines and Michael Strahan Is Going to Be Pretty Wild," 10 Sep. 2018 And while topknots, mid-level ponytails, and luxuriously high-slung buns each have their place in the seasonal rotation, leave it to Kendall Jenner to offer up a new variant—one primed for a seamless day-to-night transition. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Piles Her Hair High Into the Updo of the Moment," 30 July 2018 That's part of why this has looked so seamless, and why the success feels a little empty. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018 Service will be scheduled via smartphone app and promises to be seamless due to the ability to use a phone as the key. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Polestar Update: Tuner Volvos to Stay; Stand-Alone Stores for EVs Won’t Be Company Owned," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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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