verb (1)
\ ˈwēv \
wove\ ˈwōv \ or weaved; woven\ ˈwō-​vən \ 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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National Geographic reported on the trail’s expansion, which currently weaves through Croatian islands, the Dinaric Alps, wine provinces, national parks, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "An Epic Bike Trail Is Just Another Reason to Visit Croatia—And Its Neighbors—in 2019," 24 Jan. 2019 There’s a lot of complicated plot lines woven through this story. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 11," 14 Jan. 2019 And weaving your way through works by John Baldessari, Peter Wegner, and Nick Cave takes you beyond tasting wine at HALL. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 One of the cart paths that weave through the development golf course. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Our 15-Year Quest to Find the Perfect Place to Retire," 20 Nov. 2018 Follow along as Deolloz enthusiastically weaves through the city on e-bikes, scooters, and her own two feet. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 The Crosstown Expressway Envisioned as four lanes in each direction that would weave through the Northwest, West and South sides, the highway route was first proposed in the 1960s also by Daley. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "5 Chicago transportation proposals that have yet to make it off the ground," 18 June 2018 Here, surrounded by miles of plastic tubes, weaving upward through 900 acres of forestland, owner and founder David Marvin showed me how maple syrup is produced in 2018. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 Tiny crystal beads adorn the tangles of braided gold wire woven up through the flowers. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Karin Broker presses history into a pretty show with a steely theme," 2 May 2018

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Some may go to bat for the other cotton standard, sateen, which has a more open weave—one thread over four—and a heavier drape. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "My holy grail bed sheets—that friends also love," 23 Aug. 2018 Twenty years later, the maze-like weave is McCarthy’s signature painting style. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "‘Mission School’ originals McCarthy and Neri show art in Berkeley," 4 July 2018 On the rose-and-white model, the palm rest area and space around the keyboard are covered with a very nice fiberglass-like weave that gives it a bit of texture and makes for a little bit softer edge. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop," 12 Dec. 2018 For the uninitiated, needlepoint is a form of embroidery in which thread is stitched, according to a pattern, through a stiff, open-weave canvas. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 Members of his staff weave through the crowd distributing information sheets and stickers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site," 17 Oct. 2018 The movie is Dear White People director Justin Simien’s Bad Hair, a horror satire about a black woman and her weave, which Cox hesitates to describe at length because the film has only been announced recently. Meredith Talusan, SELF, "Trans Is Beautiful: Laverne Cox on the Work of Self-Love," 17 Oct. 2018 The symbols were designed in a garland of rope-like motifs, and woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend, and then translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 The increasing scarcity of silk is forcing Ms. Cassidy to turn to more creative weaves — incorporating fine leather, feathers and cotton. New York Times, "The Woven Art of Laos," 31 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One of the cart paths that weave through the development golf course. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Our 15-Year Quest to Find the Perfect Place to Retire," 20 Nov. 2018 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 The musical tapestry that weaves together the history of the genre. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #33: Sci-fi 'Wasted Space' and WWE, 'Rugrats' anthology specials coming to comics," 3 Apr. 2018 This is the brutal backdrop of Badkhen's story, made all the more pointed by the hope that weaves its way through the community this book so wonderfully portrays. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Fisherman's Blues' takes readers to Senegal's coast for an upclose view of a fading lifestyle," 20 Mar. 2018 Technology had woven itself into the Carlin family’s lives in many subtle and pervasive ways, some of which might have been difficult to imagine just five years ago. Libby Copeland, Curbed, "Home smart home," 14 Mar. 2018 Along the way, the crew travels on a magical el train that weaves throughout Chicago neighborhoods, highlighting the city’s diverse musical communities, from house to punk. Madeline Happold, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Hip-Hop / Music / Theater Long Way Home gives The Odyssey a modern hip-hop beat for an epic journey across Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 But there's one issue that weaves its way into all movements: reproductive health. Tiffany Alves, Marie Claire, "Every Senate Primary Candidate Who Is Pro-Choice," 5 Mar. 2018

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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 \
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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