seam

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English[edit]

A flat seam in fabric

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English sēam, from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (that which is sewn). Cognate with West Frisian seam, Dutch zoom, German Saum, Swedish söm.

Noun[edit]

seam (plural seams)

  1. (sewing) A folded back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.
  2. A suture.
  3. A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral.
  4. (cricket) The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.
  5. An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.
  6. An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.
    • 1952: As white glass was 6s. the 'seam', containing 24 'weys' (pise, or pondera) of 5 lb., and 2 1/2 lb. was reckoned sufficient to make one foot of glazing, the cost of glass would be 1 1/2d. leaving 2 1/2d. for labour. — L. F. Salzman|, Building in England, p. 175.
  7. (construction) A joint formed by mating two separate sections of materials.
    Seams can be made or sealed in a variety of ways, including adhesive bonding, hot-air welding, solvent welding, using adhesive tapes, sealant, etc.
  8. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
  9. (figuratively) A line of junction; a joint.
    • Addison
      Precepts should be so finely wrought together [] that no coarse seam may discover where they join.
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Verb[edit]

seam (third-person singular simple present seams, present participle seaming, simple past and past participle seamed)

  1. To put together with a seam.
  2. To make the appearance of a seam in, as in knitting a stocking; hence, to knit with a certain stitch, like that in such knitting.
  3. To mark with a seam or line; to scar.
    • Alexander Pope
      Seamed o'er with wounds which his own sabre gave.
  4. To crack open along a seam.
    • L. Wallace
      Later their lips began to parch and seam.
  5. (cricket) Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
  6. (cricket) Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.
Quotations[edit]
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor:
    Thus, seamed with many scars, / Bursting these prison bars, / Up to its native stars / My soul ascended!

Etymology 2[edit]

See saim.

Noun[edit]

seam (plural seams)

  1. (UK, dialect, obsolete) grease; tallow; lard
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