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 These tendons weren't only used for sewing on skin boats. Shady Grove Oliver, Anchorage Daily News, "Young women carry on tradition of splitting caribou tendons," 29 July 2019 Marie Connor, a comedian, noted that Kentucky was not a state at the time of the flag's sewing. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Betsy Ross flag: Mitch McConnell tweets out flag that omits Kentucky," 4 July 2019 From losing his passion for law to figuring out how to make his love of sewing into a career, Conover experienced many growing pains and endured a lot of teasing from his castmates. Diane J. Cho,, "The Southern Charm Cast Then & Now," 6 June 2019 More accustomed to the rigors of warfare, the woman, who spent seven years fighting with the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after signing up as a teenager, had no interest in sewing. Holly Robertson, Washington Post, "From soldiers to housewives: Women who fought as Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka are forced into traditional roles," 7 June 2018 Her passions throughout her life included skydiving, swimming, triathlons, coaching, hiking, photography, soap making, sewing, knitting, gardening and painting., "Amanda Ruth Corwin," 8 Sep. 2019 Enjoy displays of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, home canning, fiber and fleece, quilting, woodworking, honey and beekeeping, sewing, clay arts and more. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska State Fair 2019: Fun from A to Z," 15 Aug. 2019 Some math and an appropriate learning experience via cooking, sewing, knitting—all of which involve algorithms of a sort—can be valuable. Zeynep Tufekci, Scientific American, "Should Kids Learn to Code?," 7 Aug. 2019 The metaphor of couture is hard to avoid in a film so centrally involved with measuring and cutting and sewing, stitching and unstitching. Adina Hoffman, The New York Review of Books, "Geoffrey O’Brien," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sewing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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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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