weave

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English wefan, from Proto-Germanic *webaną, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (to weave, braid). Cognate with West Frisian weve, Dutch weven, German weben, Danish væve, Swedish väva.

Verb[edit]

weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past wove, past participle woven)

  1. To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
    This loom weaves yarn into sweaters.
  2. To spin a cocoon or a web.
    Spiders weave beautiful but deadly webs.
  3. To unite by close connection or intermixture.
    • Shakespeare
      This weaves itself, perforce, into my business.
    • Byron
      these words, thus woven into song
  4. To compose creatively and intricately; to fabricate.
    to weave the plot of a story
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Noun[edit]

weave (plural weaves)

  1. A type or way of weaving.
    That rug has a very tight weave.
  2. Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either in addition to or by covering the natural hair altogether.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Old Norse veifa ‘move around, wave’, related to Latin vibrare.

Verb[edit]

weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past and past participle weaved)

  1. (intransitive) To move by turning and twisting.
    The drunk weaved into another bar.
    • 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, BBC:
      Tevez picked up a throw-in from the right, tip-toed his way into the area and weaved past three Wolves challenges before slotting in to display why, of all City's multi-million pound buys, he remains their most important player.
  2. (transitive) To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.
    The ambulance weaved its way through the heavy traffic.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Weave a circle round him thrice.
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