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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 fabric contains roughly half a million pixels, one for each point where the electrically conductive weft threads meet the luminescent warp fibers, spaced about 800 microns apart. ABC News, "Breakthrough in electronic display fabrics could help pave the way for smart clothing," 14 Mar. 2021 And like a good tapestry, the full image only emerges from a warp and weft of color, carefully threaded together. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Perseverance’s Eyes See a Different Mars," 23 Feb. 2021 In a sheet, threads are woven into vertical strands referred to as the warp weave and horizontal strands referred to as the weft weave. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s sleep," 18 Dec. 2020 Double Ikat: The most difficult technique of them all, double ikat means that both the warp and the weft are dyed into patterns before weaving: assembling them together is an impressive feat of craftsmanship. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "All About Ikat, the Gorgeous Indonesian Dyeing Technique," 2 Nov. 2020 The threads that go up and down on the loom are called the warp, and those that go from left to right are called the weft. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Museum of Art teaches kids how to weave a headband," 16 Oct. 2020 Even my in-denial parents could only pretend not to smell the smoke that clung to the weft of my sweater. Nicole Walker, Longreads, "(Who Gets to) Just Up and Move," 10 Aug. 2020 Thread count is determined by the number of threads lengthwise (called the warp) and widthwise (the weft) in a one-inch square of fabric. Kelley Carter, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Bedsheets to Enhance Your Sleep and Your Room," 10 June 2020 Alternatively, a single weft of hair can be applied alone to a section of your real hair using the tape with a backing placed underneath to seal it in place. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, "How to Remove Your Hair Extensions At Home, According to Stylists," 7 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weft. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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