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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

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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 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

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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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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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