weave

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verb (1)

wove ˈwōv How to pronounce weave (audio) or weaved; woven ˈwō-vən How to pronounce weave (audio) or weaved; weaving

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

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noun

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

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verb (2)

weaved; weaving

intransitive verb

: to move waveringly from side to side : sway

Example Sentences

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Verb
Others sought to put a positive spin on the retreat and weave Putin into it. Dasha Litvinova, ajc, 18 Nov. 2022 It's made with a 300-thread count sateen cotton weave for extra softness and comfort. Amber Joglar, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2022 Don't forget: Using a darning needle, weave the tail end of the yarn in and out of the stitches. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 Twill weave is a pattern in diagonal parallel ribs that adds a little texture to an otherwise smooth dress shirt's surface. John Thompson, Men's Health, 9 Nov. 2022 Organizers said the speakers will weave together calls for accountability for the Capitol riot with protecting the right to vote ahead of midterms. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 The wrong consent given to the wrong company can lead to pretty much any nightmare the mind can weave. WIRED, 18 Oct. 2022 The Element Lightweight Athletic sock line is made with a thin 43 percent merino wool weave that fits well inside training shoes. Amy Marturana Winderl, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 What’s more, the hosts are increasingly willing to do commercials as part of the show, or weave, say, Samsung products or a pharmaceutical spokes-owl into a segment. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 4 Oct. 2022
Noun
The tech pique fabric features a naturally airy weave that maximizes breathability and moisture-wicking. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 19 Nov. 2022 Your best bet for smooth fabric made of a natural fiber, this 100% cotton fabric has a luxurious sateen weave and a wrinkle-resistant finish. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 In 2014, Chicago beer garden Kaiser Tiger was renowned for its Whole Bomb—a five-pound spicy beef and pork meatloaf stuffed with pepper bacon, wrapped in a bacon weave, and slow-smoked for four hours. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Nov. 2022 Even though there’s a tight weave on these sheets, there was enough airflow so that the tester felt warm and cozy, but not overheated. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 The iconic chunky knit sweater gets a tabletop counterpart with the release of the Better Homes & Gardens Cable Knit Cotton Table Runner, which has a gorgeous knit weave that will bring a feeling of coziness and comfort to any tablescape. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022 The fender flares have also been redesigned with protruding vents sporting a carbon weave, and lo and behold, there is more carbon fiber adorning the tailgate, which sits above a small rear diffuser. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2022 The basket-weave soles are grippy and hug wet pavement as closely as a bear with a jug of honey. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 12 Nov. 2022 The sateen-weave comforter felt soft and smooth to the touch. Maria V. Charbonneaux, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Nov. 2022
Verb
Garcia is ready to take his special individual gifts and weave it through a team collective. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave them upward from the middle of the crown. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 22 Nov. 2022 For an elevated look, attach vintage ornaments to a colorful length of ribbon and weave it throughout your green garland. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 7 Nov. 2022 The wrong consent given to the wrong company can lead to pretty much any nightmare the mind can weave. WIRED, 18 Oct. 2022 Holland is a fantastic speaker, a leader who can weave a meaningful message into a captivating anecdote wrapped in a gospel truth. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Sep. 2022 Our brains can also weave the visible light portion of electromagnetic radiation into a beautiful mountain or the glow on our mother’s face. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 22 Sep. 2022 And the segment will have its own sponsor, UnitedHealthcare, a rare chance for Madison Avenue to weave itself around the program. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 15 Sep. 2022 When De Erdely died, a cadre of younger artists did not pick up his thread and weave it into the 1960s. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of weave was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Weave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weave. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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verb

wove ˈwōv How to pronounce weave (audio) or weaved; woven ˈwō-vən How to pronounce weave (audio) or weaved; weaving
1
a
: to form by lacing together strands of material
especially : to make on a loom by lacing together threads going lengthwise with threads going crosswise
weave cloth
b
: to form into a fabric
weave wool into tweeds
2
: spin entry 1 sense 2b
a caterpillar weaves a cocoon
3
a
: to make by or as if by lacing together parts
wove an exciting adventure tale
b
: to insert as a part : work in
weave a moral into a tale
4
: to move back and forth or from side to side
weaving his way through a crowd of holiday shoppers

weave

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noun

: a pattern or method of weaving

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