weave

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

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

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Examples of weave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anyone that’s waited for a meatball sub at Jimmy’s can likely imagine the sandwich wars that may or may not break out in a line long enough to weave into the wine aisle. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Bryan Street survival: How one of Dallas’ most essential dining blocks is living through crisis," 30 June 2020 Artisans also weave wall decor, pet beds and planters for any room in your home. oregonlive, "Spruce up, organize your bathroom for a better start to your morning," 28 June 2020 The fractures analyzed in the new study weave together in a subterranean labyrinth sprawling across several miles. Riley D. Champine, National Geographic, "A strange earthquake swarm lasted for years. Scientists finally know why.," 18 June 2020 Over 300 years, there are chapters of darkness and light that weave together to form the Mobile story. al, "Mobile mayor: Confederate statue headed to history museum," 14 June 2020 New York offered the chance to weave together twin passions—finance had long been a safe landing pad for chess geeks who actually wanted to make a living. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 But Decker and the film’s screenwriter Sarah Gubbins (who adapted Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel) weave the reality of Shirley’s struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety into a fictional horror story of sorts. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020 Or rather, it is woven of so many colors as to appear like none in particular. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Rug Doctor: Daniel Pund Hits the Road, Again," 31 May 2020 From its grand entrance to the fine-dining scene in 1984 to its closure in 2020, Dakota’s has been woven into Dallas’ restaurant history. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "Rob Lowe, Brooke Shields and a princess dined when Dakota’s Steakhouse was Dallas’ sizzling spot," 27 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The television in the corner displays surfing, but few people are watching as families gather at the tables, and folks at the bar weave in and out of each other’s conversations. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 Use large planter boxes to line the perimeter with insulating foliage, and add texture with an outdoor flat-weave rug. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "22 Outdoor Decor Ideas to Turn Your Space Into a Summer Sanctuary," 30 June 2020 Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle features a rich, buttery-smooth weave with the site’s best-selling Luxe Sateen Sheets. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "July 4th deals on home, bedding from all-American retailers," 29 June 2020 Curvaceous in its frame shape and weave, the Pebble Accent Chair makes a great addition to a bedroom. Susan Hall Mahon, Southern Living, "Coastal Living Has a New Furniture Line (You're Going to Want It All!)," 29 June 2020 These comfortable shorts are made with a tight weave construction and UPF 50 material, so your tot’s skin stays protected in the sun. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop one-day deals on Columbia, C9 Champion, Reebok and more at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 24 June 2020 This one is made out of 100 percent cotton in year-round, lightweight weave. Popular Science, "The coziest bathrobes for any occasion," 19 June 2020 Look for materials with a dense weave, such as quilter's cotton, flannel, or pillowcases with a high thread count, and use a double layer. TheWeek, "The truth about masks," 31 May 2020 In general, fabrics with a tighter weave, such as quilter's cotton fabric or high-thread-count bed sheets, are more effective at blocking particles. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Household Items That Make the Perfect Filter for Your Cloth Face Mask," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anyone that’s waited for a meatball sub at Jimmy’s can likely imagine the sandwich wars that may or may not break out in a line long enough to weave into the wine aisle. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Bryan Street survival: How one of Dallas’ most essential dining blocks is living through crisis," 30 June 2020 Artisans also weave wall decor, pet beds and planters for any room in your home. oregonlive, "Spruce up, organize your bathroom for a better start to your morning," 28 June 2020 The fractures analyzed in the new study weave together in a subterranean labyrinth sprawling across several miles. Riley D. Champine, National Geographic, "A strange earthquake swarm lasted for years. Scientists finally know why.," 18 June 2020 Over 300 years, there are chapters of darkness and light that weave together to form the Mobile story. al, "Mobile mayor: Confederate statue headed to history museum," 14 June 2020 New York offered the chance to weave together twin passions—finance had long been a safe landing pad for chess geeks who actually wanted to make a living. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 But Decker and the film’s screenwriter Sarah Gubbins (who adapted Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel) weave the reality of Shirley’s struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety into a fictional horror story of sorts. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020 Trump stalked across the park, weaving past the monuments, with his security detail skittering around him. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "“An Abuse of Sacred Symbols”: Trump, a Bible, and a Sanctuary," 2 June 2020 On Friday, dozens of curbside orders were fulfilled by the hour as the bookstore’s information center was transformed into a central workstation, with employees weaving between shelves to keep their distance. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "Boardwalk closed. University closed. Santa Cruz met the moment, but at a huge cost," 31 May 2020

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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 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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