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

Collora occupied about 10,000 square feet at the time, but Hogan Lovells was soon bursting at the seams. BostonGlobe.com, "Despite customers’ cord-cutting, RCN’s expanding," 20 Aug. 2019 Those legal salvos brought focus to what has become clear to industry observers: Decades-old tensions are once again threatening to tear the performers union apart at the seams. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "SAG-AFTRA Faces Divisive Election Fight Over Its Future," 7 Aug. 2019 In regular mode, the CX-5 seemed to have a bit of side-to-side sway, and certain highways really had some bounciness over the road seams. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Mazda takes a good thing - its CX-5 - and tinkers with it," 17 Apr. 2018 The manufacturer, Harwood, developed the iconic figure-eight seam design involving 108 stitches and horsehide tanned on the outskirts of town. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Everything You Need to Play Baseball Is Made in China — and Getting Hit by Trump’s Tariffs," 3 Sep. 2019 There are glues that can join stone to stone so well that the seam can hardly be detected, and the woman used such a glue to fit the stone back together. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 On the game’s eighth play from scrimmage, the reigning Doak Walker Award winner took a Jack Coan handoff, dashed through a seam on his left side, broke an arm tackle and raced 37 yards for a touchdown. Joey Knight, orlandosentinel.com, "Wisconsin clobbers USF, hands Bulls worst loss in school history," 31 Aug. 2019 Jamarkus Buckner found a seam in the middle and accelerated for a 46-yard touchdown with 8:55 remaining in the half. Jack Marrion Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Dulles finishes strong against Willowridge for opening victory," 31 Aug. 2019 The ball hit the seam where the artificial turf meets the dirt and shot up toward Escobar’s head. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks turn around slow start, dump Dodgers again," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For collectors more interested in seaming than celluloid, several of the lots represent poignant moments in Dior’s history. David Nash, Town & Country, "Olivia de Havilland’s Collection of Christian Dior Haute Couture Is a Film and Fashion Treasure Trove," 15 Aug. 2019 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 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 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

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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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