weft

noun
\ ˈweft How to pronounce weft (audio) \

Definition of weft

1a : a filling thread or yarn in weaving
b : yarn used for the weft
2 : web, fabric also : an article of woven fabric

Examples of weft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The systematic warp and weft of the loom, after all, was the template for the first computer. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "For these 20 women artists, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Dyketactics’ are just the beginning," 16 Aug. 2019 Moving through headlines at three miles an hour reveals this intimate warp and weft. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "A Twenty-Four-Thousand-Mile Walk Across Human History," 17 June 2019 According to the mathematics of relativity, light traveling through this distortion will change its path, accommodating the universe’s warps and wefts. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019 Thread count is determined by the number of threads lengthwise (called the warp) and widthwise (called the weft) in a 1-inch square of fabric. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 And a friend, a young businessman, recounted how a powerful jana could be heard beating the weft of her loom in a nearby cave. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 The best way to think about truth is not in the abstract but in media res, as it is found in the warp and weft of human life. Julian Baggini, WSJ, "‘On Truth’ Review: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt," 24 July 2018 Best to remain narcotized and between the Zen warp and weft of high thread-count sheets. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems," 2 July 2018 Paintings and silk-screen prints from the ’60s and ’70s pick up the superform and the warp and weft patterns of Mr. Bayrle’s weaving years. New York Times, "This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of weft

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for weft

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse veptr weft, Old English wefan to weave — more at weave

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The first known use of weft was before the 12th century

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“Weft.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weft. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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weft

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English Language Learners Definition of weft

technical : the threads that run from side to side on a loom or in a woven fabric

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