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

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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 Against that leaky Eagles secondary, quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a 53-yard pass to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, a 30-yard shot down the seam to running back David Montgomery and a 13-yard completion to Gabriel. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 22-14 loss to the Eagles," 4 Nov. 2019 The Ravens lose Hardman down the seam for a huge play -- something Baltimore’s secondary is prone to give up. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Browns vs. Ravens preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 23 Sep. 2019 Ehlinger then converted Estrell's interception into a 17-yard touchdown pass to freshman sensation Jake Smith, who sped past an outmatched Cowboys linebacker down the seam. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Finally, Texas gets the best of Oklahoma State," 22 Sep. 2019 Ehlinger then converted Estrell’s interception into a 17-yard touchdown pass to freshman sensation Jake Smith, who sped past an outmatched Cowboys linebacker down the seam. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Finally, Texas gets the best of Oklahoma State," 21 Sep. 2019 While Hernandez primarily utilizes his four-seam fastball (52.1 percent of his pitches), his slider has become wickedly efficient. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Whether in the rotation or bullpen, Elieser Hernandez providing Marlins with a valuable asset," 14 July 2019 Altuve ambushed Duffy's ninth pitch of the night, demolishing a dismal two-seam fastball into a fountain beyond the left field fence. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's late homer lifts Astros over Royals," 13 Sep. 2019 Luzardo said his two-seam fastball stood out to him most in his debut. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Chapman sits in Texas; Jesús Luzardo reflects on two-seamer," 13 Sep. 2019 But recent reports, as well as admissions by administration officials, suggest conditions haven't improved as the immigration system is stretched at its seams. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Detained migrant children got no toothbrush, no soap, no sleep. No problem, government argues.," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Think: exaggerated collars, contrasting buttons, seaming details. Town & Country, "How to Wear a Classic White Button-Down Shirt for Any Occasion," 3 Sep. 2019 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

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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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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for seam

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

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seam

noun
How to pronounce seam (audio)

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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