\ˈweft \

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

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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 But Bourdain’s brashness came with an immense humility that really made up the warp and weft of his TV shows. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "Anthony Bourdain’s Extreme Empathy," 10 June 2018 Playing on Kvadrat’s skill in manufacturing wovens, Olivares used different tones within each mineral sample for the warp and weft of the fabric. Pilar Viladas, Curbed, "How ship masts inspired this LA-designer’s latest textile collection," 12 Apr. 2018 Finally, when the Technicolor warp is ready, loom operators stretch it taut and gird it with a cotton or silk weft. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How the Technicolor Ikat Designs of Central Asia Thread Into Textile History," 26 Mar. 2018 The online site offers bundles, meaning the hair is on a weft that can either be used for a sew-in weave or a wig, in addition to lace closures and frontals. Lara Adekola, Allure, "XOXO Virgin Hair Is the Hair Company Changing the Beauty Game," 2 Mar. 2018 The warp and weft of the fabric's tight weave give it a two-tone effect. Carolyn Weber, ELLE Decor, "The New Look of Tradition," 5 July 2012 Cut too-long hems with scissors, then pull out some of the weft yarns (the white fringe) for effect. Lauren Chan, Glamour, "Finally—Plus-Size Jeans That Aren't Stretchy Skinnies!," 20 July 2017

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

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