A seam on a piece of denim.
- The definition of a seam is the line of stitches that holds two pieces of fabric together.
An example of a seam is the line on the shoulder of a shirt that joins a sleeve to the main part of a shirt.
- Seam means to join together.
An example of to seam is to sew together the two fronts of a shirt.
- a joining of two pieces of material with a line of stitches
- the line of stitches: sew a fine seam
- the material between the margin of each of the joined pieces and its outer edge: a one-inch seam
- the line on the outside of a garment at the joining of two pieces of material
- a line formed by the joining together of any separate pieces; line marking adjoining edges, as of boards
- a mark, line, ridge, etc. like this, as a scar, wrinkle, mold line on glass, etc.
- a thin layer or stratum of ore, coal, etc.
Origin of seamMiddle English seme from Old English seam, akin to German saum from Indo-European base an unverified form siw-, an unverified form s? from source sew
- to join together so as to form a seam
- to mark with a seamlike line, crack, wrinkle, etc.
burst at the seams
come apart at the seams
- a. A line of junction formed by sewing together two pieces of material along their margins.b. A similar line, ridge, or groove made by fitting, joining, or lapping together two sections along their edges.c. A suture.d. A scar.
- A line across a surface, as a crack, fissure, or wrinkle.
- A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
verbseamed, seam·ing, seams
- To put together with or as if with a seam.
- To mark with a groove, wrinkle, scar, or other seamlike line.
Origin of seamMiddle English seme from Old English sēam ; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
- (sewing) A folded back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.
- A suture.
- A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral.
- (cricket) The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.
- An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.
- An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.
- (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.
- A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
- (figuratively) A line of junction; a joint.
(third-person singular simple present seams, present participle seaming, simple past and past participle seamed)
- To put together with a seam.
- 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.
- To mark with a seam or line; to scar.
- To crack open along a seam.
- (cricket) Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
- (cricket) Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.