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



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


verb (2)
weaved; weaving

Definition of weave (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move waveringly from side to side : sway

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another thread that weaves through the series is the concept of artists merely being a conduit for the art. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "Won't You Be My Neighbor? director sets his sights on Rick Rubin in new Showtime series," 13 July 2019 Comic and tour guide Matt Dundas combines his passions for a 75-minute walking tour that weaves funny stories from his life with historical tidbits about Pennsylvania Avenue and the District. Sadie Dingfelder, Washington Post, "Capital Fringe says goodbye to (mandatory) buttons — and hello to these 5 (likely) standouts," 3 July 2019 As a fan of fiction that weaves historical fact into its world (see Mad Men's JFK episode or Deutschland 86's on the Berlin discotheque bombings), Christopher hits a lot of sweet spots in Darkness on the Edge of Town. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Darkness on the Edge of Town," 29 June 2019 Nearby Tongariro National Park offers the most popular day hike, the Tongariro Crossing, a 19.4-mile alpine trek that weaves its way among a volcanic landscape, including past Mount Doom from The Lord of the Rings. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, "8 Can't-Miss New Zealand Adventures," 24 June 2019 The weekend crash on Interstate 80 killed passenger 25-year-old Julio Davila-Fuentes and critically injured a second passenger in the gray Nissan Sentra that weaved in and out of traffic before the wreck, the CHP said. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Richmond man dies in fatal DUI crash on Interstate 80," 13 June 2019 From Ralph Lauren’s landmark anniversary in Central Park, to Pyer Moss’s show in Weeksville, here are the shows that wove together the past and present. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Fashion Week Was a Textured Tour of Historic New York," 13 Sep. 2018 Dancer-choreographer Fittante created a stylized dance for himself that wove through the drama like a commenting chorus, with shapes and attitudes that were more Renaissance painting than Greek urn. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, "Apollo's Fire ascends with affecting production of 'L'Orfeo' (review)," 16 Apr. 2018 Tanowitz always knows how to weave history into the here and now. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: One Ariana Grande, Two Stadiums; Toni Morrison on the Silver Screen," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Drunken driving, Interstate 71 An officer on patrol at 4:30 a.m. June 22 saw a car weave outside the high-speed lane and almost hit the concrete median. cleveland.com, "Customer says brother en route from Kansas will pay for dinner: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 The finer the weave and the more intricate the pattern, the higher the price. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Also softer sheets with a high thread count, such as sateens, which are very light and thin, might not be as durable as sheets in other weaves and thread counts. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Look for open knits, looser weaves, thinner materials and finer yarns. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 The master bedroom enjoys a large view window, dual walk-in closets and room for a sitting area, and plush linear weave carpeting. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: New construction in Orinda delivers thoughtful design and incredible views," 26 June 2019 In a world of weaves and processed hair there is a growing movement for natural hair — that is to say curls, afros, dreadlocks, twists, cornrows and braids — particularly here in South Florida with the region’s embrace of Caribbean culture. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Royal Coils hair expo returns to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday," 7 June 2019 The pigment covers sporadically, and where the paint is thin, the raw linen's weave is not just visible but pronounced, as if flesh and presence were eroding before our eyes. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Augustus Thompson paints life passing by with elegiac mystery," 10 June 2019 No guard hairs were apparent to the naked eye, perhaps because of the preponderance of pashmina in the weave. National Geographic, "A rare antelope is being killed to make $20,000 scarves," 24 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The rise and fall of teachers unions Social justice has long been woven into the fabric of teachers unions. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead," 5 July 2019 As in the other Brodie novels, several stories are woven into a seamless plot, with the help of credible-seeming twists of fate. The Economist, "Jackson Brodie returns in “Big Sky”," 4 July 2019 That notion is also woven into the part of the show dealing with the characters’ origins. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Crystal Bridges exhibit ‘Men of Steel, Women of Wonder’ lands in San Antonio," 19 June 2019 The idea of natural female masochism, Dworkin notes, is woven through the work of psychoanalysts, psychologists, and naturalists, as well as imaginative literature, art, and popular culture. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019 All are woven into the tapestry of the musical’s plot. Christine Dolen, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Slow Burn’s ‘Priscilla’ joyous and heart-tugging," 17 June 2019 The first bank protections, known as revetments, were woven willow and lumber frameworks. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 They are woven into the fabric of the city and this county. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Willowbrook Methodist Hospital opens prayer room built in Muslim tradition," 14 June 2019 The former owners’ story is woven throughout, too, in the form of furniture purchased along with the house. Jorge Arango, House Beautiful, "Can You Spot All the Bunnies in this Cottage?," 22 May 2019

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First Known Use of weave

Verb (1)

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


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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English Language Learners Definition of weave

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


\ 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



Kids Definition of weave (Entry 2 of 2)

: a method or pattern of lacing together strands of material

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