seam·​less | \ ˈsēm-ləs How to pronounce seamless (audio) \

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 How to pronounce seamlessly (audio) \ adverb
seamlessness \ ˈsēm-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce seamlessness (audio) \ 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

Parliament last month rejected May’s Brexit deal with the EU, in part over a contentious plan to keep a seamless border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit," 12 Feb. 2019 That's been a surprisingly seamless process for romance novelists Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who work together under the pen name Christina Lauren. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019 But short pauses while referees consult pitch-side monitors do feel intrusive in what used to be a more seamless game. John Leicester,, "Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Husband and wife team Caleb and Natalie Ebel were more than familiar with this process, and finally decided to do something about it by launching Backdrop, a paint startup that aims to make the entire painting process easy, seamless, and affordable. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This New Company Is Cutting Out The Annoying Parts Of Painting We’ve Just Come To Accept As Normal," 6 Dec. 2018 But the real estate industry’s interest in Bitcoin has yet to translate to seamless Bitcoin-only transactions. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Bitcoin’s young investors put their digital currency to work in the physical world," 21 Mar. 2018 These roaming agreements have thus enabled rural wireless providers to offer subscribers seamless, high-quality connectivity similar to what is offered to urban subscribers. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile/Sprint merger will bring higher prices, small carriers tell FCC," 30 Aug. 2018 The luxury tour company was founded 17 years ago by American transplant Karen Fedorko Sefer; full-time guides like Istanbul native Anka Benli cobble together seamless itineraries offering behind-the-scenes access and invaluable commentary. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 In order to make the construction process seamless Block employs contractors directly. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Renovation Start-Up Wants To Deliver Your New Bathroom To You," 17 Dec. 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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