- To weave is to interlace pieces of something together.
An example of weave is when you interlace yarn together on a loom to make a blanket.
Weaving looms in a textile mill.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to make (a fabric), esp. on a loom, by interlacing threads or yarns
- to form (threads) into a fabric
- to construct in the mind or imagination
- to work (details, incidents, etc.) into a story, poem, etc.
- to make by interlacing twigs, straw, rush, wicker, etc.: to weave baskets
- to twist or interlace (straw, wicker, etc.) so as to form something
- to twist or interlace (something) into, through, or among: to weave flowers into one's hair
- to make or spin (a web): said of spiders, etc.
- to cause (a vehicle, etc.) to move from side to side or in and out
- to make (one's way) by moving in this fashion
Origin: Middle English weven from Old English wefan, akin to Old Norse vefa, German weben from Indo-European an unverified form webh- (from source Glassical Greek hyphē) from base an unverified form (a)we-, to plait, weave
- to do weaving; make cloth
- to move from side to side or in and out: weaving through traffic
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verb wove wove , wo·ven , weav·ing, weaves verb, transitive
- a. To make (cloth) by interlacing the threads of the weft and the warp on a loom.b. To interlace (threads, for example) into cloth.
- To construct by interlacing or interweaving strips or strands of material: weave a basket.
- a. To interweave or combine (elements) into a complex whole: wove the incidents into a story.b. To contrive (something complex or elaborate) in this way: weave a tale.
- To introduce (another element) into a complex whole; work in: wove folk tunes into the symphony.
- To spin (a web, for example).
- past tense weaved weaved To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side: weaved our way through the heavy traffic.
- a. To engage in weaving; make cloth.b. To work at a loom.
- past tense weaved weaved To move in and out or sway from side to side.
Origin: Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; see webh- in Indo-European roots.