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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The spider is then compelled to weave a special web to safely suspend the wasp pupa from its web, keeping the pupa out of harm's way. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Wasps Turn Spiders Into Obedient Zombies," 30 Apr. 2019 One tasteful way to weave them into a room is by layering it with another rug. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 On humid nights, these spiders work together to weave giant webs spanning dozens of feet and reaching from tree to tree. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It's Raining Spiders in Brazil," 14 Jan. 2019 Guests can learn to weave, hunt with a blowpipe, and fish sustainably with poisonous roots, but there are also opportunities to teach in the local school. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 That’s a shame, since many of history’s greatest tales have leveraged an immense scale to weave equally impactful tales. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 For starters, there was the extent to which awareness of allergens—particularly gluten—seemed to be woven into Stockholm’s restaurant culture, from signage and staff training at foodservice establishments to menu selection and food quality. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 Gone is the occasional uncertainty that bubbled up on Coming Apart, replaced with the assurance of two instrumentalists who've spent years on the road together and know exactly how to weave in and out of each other's space. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Kim Gordon & Bill Nace on Body/Head's Second Album and the 'Freedom' of a Niche Audience," 13 July 2018 His ability to weave what reads as a simple tale from such complex historical and familial storylines is impressive. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Empress Maria heads juicy Russian cast in historical novel about the Romanovs," 12 July 2018

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Bembien’s designs are inspired by classic coastal French and Italian style and the mission of the brand is to put the traditional weave of our artisans on the global market and in the public eye. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channel French Girl Chic With This Brand," 28 Mar. 2019 What Moskowitz documents is a need for a fundamental shift in our thinking, to see not just animals but the weave of relationships between animals and their place, and ultimately, ourselves. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "David Moskowitz captures the beauty — and fragility — of the Northwest’s mountain caribou," 11 Feb. 2019 All of the sheets are made from 100 percent organic cotton with a 300 thread count sateen weave, and are OEKO-TEX® certified to be free of harmful chemicals. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Cult-Favorite Bedding Company Brooklinen Just Launched A Kids’ Line," 1 Nov. 2018 Cons: Neither waterproof nor water-resistant (Encasements: $84-$150; Pillow protector: $17-$22; allergycontrol.com) The small-pore weave of this bedding lets the fabric breathe but still resist allergens. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Best Anti-Allergy Bedding," 10 Aug. 2010 The Heathered Cashmere line features a blend of their signature long-staple cotton and Mongolian cashmere, with a unique diagonal weave and custom finish. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Brooklinen’s New Cashmere Bedding Will Make You Never Want to Leave Your Bed," 8 Feb. 2019 These shorter, coarser threads are also more likely to poke out of the weave sooner, making them more susceptible to thinning. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "How Often Should You Replace Your Sheets Set?," 11 Jan. 2019 Budd attaches himself to her, riding in her car, casing her apartment to make sure there are no hazards hiding amid the muted grays of the wallpaper and the waffle-weave blankets on the bed. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Bodyguard Is the Best Political Thriller Since Homeland," 24 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the documentary weaves together various aspects of cannabis use and culture, the most memorable subject is a girl named Charlotte, who suffered from a severe disorder that caused her to have upwards of three hundred seizures a week. Amber Senter, Marie Claire, "We Have to Acknowledge That CBD Use Is a Privilege," 11 Apr. 2019 But the Chinese giants are taking a different tack, buying stakes in local firms and weaving them together into complex tapestries of services. The Economist, "America’s tech giants vie with China’s in third countries," 5 July 2018 Spiders weave together a thick fiber and a thin fiber to create a custom material for the day's wind conditions. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Spiders can fly by weaving 10-foot-long silk parachutes to float through the air," 15 June 2018 The late artist Jose Fumero, who was born in Cuba and lived in Charlotte for years, created this piece by slicing his paintings into strips and weaving them together. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 2018 Diana Arterian published a sad, lyrical essay at the Los Angeles Review of Books on the legacy of the Armenian Genocide on descendants and diaspora members, skillfully weaving together family memories and verse by Armenian diasporic poets. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "In the End, It’s All Just the Stories We Tell," 17 May 2018 And, in general, loosely-knit, natural materials like cotton and wool produce more lint than tightly-woven, synthetic ones like nylon and spandex, Dr. Goldbach says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 Take a look: This sort of behavior is reportedly common for this particular species of orb-weaving spider native to the southern half of South America. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It's Raining Spiders in Brazil," 14 Jan. 2019 Motorways, six hundred feet in the air, weaved through the capital creating a great stone snake in the sky. Tara Knight, The Root, "Beyond the Blue," 13 May 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 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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