weave

verb (1)
\ ˈwēv How to pronounce weave (audio) \
wove\ ˈwōv How to pronounce weave (audio) \ or weaved; woven\ ˈwō-​vən How to pronounce weave (audio) \ or weaved; weaving

Definition of weave

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to form (cloth) by interlacing strands (as of yarn) specifically : to make (cloth) on a loom by interlacing warp and filling threads
b : to interlace (threads) into cloth
c : to make (something, such as a basket) by intertwining
2 : spin sense 2 used of spiders and insects
3 : to interlace especially to form a texture, fabric, or design
4a : to produce by elaborately combining elements : contrive
b : to unite in a coherent whole
c : to introduce as an appropriate element : work in usually used with in or into
5 : to direct (something, such as the body) in a winding or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

intransitive verb

1 : to work at weaving : make cloth
2 : to move in a devious, winding, or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

weave

noun

Definition of weave (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something woven especially : woven cloth
2 : any of the patterns or methods for interlacing the threads of woven fabrics
3 : a hair extension (see extension sense 7d) specifically : a length of natural or synthetic hair that is sewn into one's natural hair after it has been braided into cornrows

weave

verb (2)
weaved; weaving

Definition of weave (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move waveringly from side to side : sway

Examples of weave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An amazing new view of the Milky Way provided by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals the threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields that weave the cosmic tapestry together. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 May 2021 The first one fills the screen with color strands that weave across the display and are a good match for the shades in the strap. David Phelan, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Central to the campaign are five quilts that weave together a story of liberation, reunification, and healing. Atenea Morales De La Cruz, Vogue, 24 May 2021 For me the Pueblo mythologies that weave in and out of the narrative are so delicate, and so powerful, always heart-wrenchingly placed. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 18 May 2021 Bassoons, cellos and basses then weave a spooky, meandering theme eventually joined by violins. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Mystical elements weave throughout all the sites featured in the book, particularly Japan’s Shikoku and its 88 Buddhist temples, which attract thousands of pilgrims a year. Joan Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2021 These books weave together text, illustration, photography, and archival items to enrich first-person narratives and explorations of the self. Tori Latham, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 Meanwhile, Domestic Spending, who lagged near the back of the pack had Prat weave him through traffic. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just the actual weave or texture of fabrics change. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 The weight, color or weave of an ordinary fabric does not indicate any level of UPF. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 In the dining room, Warner topped a miniature table and bent-wire chairs with tiny tapered candles—complete with real wicks!—and opted for a flat weave rug. House Beautiful, 25 May 2021 All-Weather Garden bench has an open weave design in a sleek-looking charcoal color. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2021 Range Rover badging on the hood and tailgate, vintage tan leather interior trim and copper weave carbon fiber finishers. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2021 Casper used a breathable percale weave for the cover of the pillow. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, 1 Apr. 2021 Plus, the mattress is wrapped in Allswell’s signature quilted top-panel weave to add another layer of comfort and cooling capabilities. Joe Van Brussel, Forbes, 18 May 2021 And Crawford, his flinty good looks partly hidden by a dark beard and coarsened by the cold Utah air, all but buries David in an inchoate weave of jealousy, confusion and fury. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An amazing new view of the Milky Way provided by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals the threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields that weave the cosmic tapestry together. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 May 2021 The first one fills the screen with color strands that weave across the display and are a good match for the shades in the strap. David Phelan, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Central to the campaign are five quilts that weave together a story of liberation, reunification, and healing. Atenea Morales De La Cruz, Vogue, 24 May 2021 For me the Pueblo mythologies that weave in and out of the narrative are so delicate, and so powerful, always heart-wrenchingly placed. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 18 May 2021 In one round, you could be presented with a highly urban area, with a plethora of buildings, billboards, and street signs that weave a readable tapestry. Will Backus, Wired, 16 Apr. 2021 Sanders’ tenor sax murmurs on top, playing slow, searching phrases that weave in and out of the core theme. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2021 The richly diverse landscapes here include caves that weave underground and old-growth forests that touch the sky. Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 Yet, through his films, vivid impressions that weave the past and present of Ivory Coast, Lacôte has already risen as a sort of cinematic griot, a modern keeper of his people’s history. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of weave

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weave

Verb (1)

Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; akin to Old High German weban to weave, Greek hyphainein to weave, hyphos web

Verb (2)

Middle English weven to move to and fro, wave; akin to Old Norse veifa to be in movement — more at wipe

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“Weave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weave. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for weave

weave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of weave

: a pattern in a woven cloth : a particular way of weaving cloth

weave

verb
\ ˈwēv How to pronounce weave (audio) \
wove\ ˈwōv \; woven\ ˈwō-​vən \; weaving

Kids Definition of weave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move back and forth, up and down, or in and out She weaved through the crowd.
2 : to form (as cloth) by lacing together strands of material
3 : spin entry 1 sense 4 Spiders are very clever at weaving their webs …— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
4 : to make by or as if by lacing parts together He proceeds to weave a tale of adventure.

Other Words from weave

weaver \ ˈwē-​vər \ noun

weave

noun

Kids Definition of weave (Entry 2 of 2)

: a method or pattern of lacing together strands of material

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