sew·​ing | \ ˈsō-iŋ How to pronounce sewing (audio) \

Definition of sewing

1 : the act, method, or occupation of one that sews
2 : material that has been or is to be sewed

Examples of sewing in a Sentence

She left her sewing in the living room.

Recent Examples on the Web

Each thread of electrodes is implanted by a sophisticated surgical robot that essentially acts like a sewing machine. Jennifer Collinger, The Conversation, "Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace," 19 July 2019 Its presentation, at the California Academy of Sciences, in San Francisco, included videos of a neurosurgical robot that is best described as a sewing machine. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 18 July 2019 Neuralink has also created a neurosurgical robot reminiscent of a sewing machine, which can embed the threads — each much thinner than a human hair — in the brain. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Elon Musk reveals his plan to link your brain to your smartphone," 17 July 2019 The Red Wing factory features a patriotic prop and an ancient sewing machine covered in leather to help dampen the sound. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Red Wing, Iconic U.S. Shoe Maker, Labors Mightily to Bring Production Home," 12 July 2019 Bring your supplies, your sewing machine, your willing hands, a sack lunch and join in this fellowship., "Calendar: Fourth of July events scheduled all over Lake County," 2 July 2019 Inside the 3,500-square-foot structure, a dozen people cut precise shapes of fabric by hand, perfecting the details at sewing machines and on dress forms. Marella Gayla,, "In Somerville, a powerhouse of custom costume-making for Boston and beyond," 4 July 2019 In reality, Ross was a typical Philadelphia seamstress, who took in some work at some point sewing naval flags, and that’s it. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick reportedly asked Nike not to release a shoe with a Revolutionary War-era flag, enraging Ted Cruz and the governor of Arizona.," 2 July 2019 Xunava then was allowed to operate a sewing machine, doubling her monthly wage. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sewing

: the act or process of using a needle and thread to make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing)
: things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn


sew·​ing | \ ˈsō-iŋ\

Kids Definition of sewing

1 : the act, method, or occupation of someone or something that works with needle and thread
2 : material being or to be worked with needle and thread

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