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 Still, this sort of Easter egg helps Marvel weave a new web of interconnected stories and tie Hawkeye to the current events, including all the multiverse developments. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Sep. 2021 Boys were taught farming and trades such as blacksmithing and carpentry, and girls were taught to spin and weave. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 26 June 2021 An agile leader is one who knows when to bob and weave and does not hold firm when a pivot is needed. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Continue to keep in mind the kind of material, temperature, weave, and overall design that will keep you happy for many nights to come. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, 18 Dec. 2020 The jungles are your stage, the animals are your characters, and the camera is your tool to weave it all together. Shradha Shahani, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Extremists often take current events and weave them into their own narrative and worldview, said Mendelson, which is what is taking place in the aftermath of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid the humanitarian and military crisis. Geneva Sands, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 Over 10 miles of trails weave through the timber and climb the high peaks. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 Tommy’s directing and Wilson’s script weave together what Aretha meant to Black women. Jasmin Hernandez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Choose from navy pinstripe, a teal chambray, or a hot pink weave. Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2021 Cash is king, as are a 20-inch blonde weave and a good push-up bra. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2021 The pile is made from polypropylene and the back is jute while the weave is machine woven. Tim Kohut, BGR, 29 June 2021 The canopy, with its weave of branches, moderates temperatures (like a blanket) and shields precipitation (like an umbrella). Sara Dykman, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2021 Whatever the fabric, look for a tight weave, according to studies. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 The fabric is a pure snow white, and the waffle-weave texture gives it a higher-end look. Eden Lichterman, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2021 As the piece developed, Ephrat Asherie and Matthew West’s movements intensified, from hands brushing hands to an almost violent, choreographed bob-and-weave. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 Fitted with an intricate basket-weave pattern in a sheenless flat black, the pieces set a Shaker dinner table in the Brick Dwelling with unearthly stillness. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This solo exhibition by Michael Pierre Price features 13 abstract and surreal works that weave a thought-provoking story. Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 Among Di Gregorio's passions are the many underground chambers that weave their way beneath the old city. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 The future success of Walgreens will maintain pharmacy as key to more foot traffic into stores but weave in technology as critical to the turnaround of this iconic drugstore chain. Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Various groups each have their own storylines that ultimately weave into each other, similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hakyung Kate Lee, ABC News, 20 June 2021 Sometimes that’s because the item is translucent, as is the case with a striped dress with an earthy color palette, or because of the way the pieces drape and weave in and out of itself, allowing for cutouts. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 18 June 2021 The similarities between the two species’ experiences are further highlighted with the refugees who weave in and out of the dogs’ days and nights. Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 The jungles are your stage, the animals are your characters, and the camera is your tool to weave it all together. Shradha Shahani, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Extremists often take current events and weave them into their own narrative and worldview, said Mendelson, which is what is taking place in the aftermath of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and amid the humanitarian and military crisis. Geneva Sands, CNN, 1 Sep. 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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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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