Seam Definition

sēm
seamed, seaming, seams
noun
seams
A joining of two pieces of material with a line of stitches.
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The line on the outside of a garment at the joining of two pieces of material.
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The line of stitches.
Sew a fine seam.
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The material between the margin of each of the joined pieces and its outer edge.
A one-inch seam.
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A line formed by the joining together of any separate pieces; line marking adjoining edges, as of boards.
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verb
seamed, seaming, seams
To join together so as to form a seam.
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To mark with a seamlike line, crack, wrinkle, etc.
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To develop cracks or fissures.
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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.
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(cricket) Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.
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idiom
burst at the seams
  • to be uncomfortably or dangerously full or overcrowded

    an apartment bursting at the seams with guests

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come apart at the seams
  • to fail to hold together; disintegrate, collapse, etc.

    a trade agreement coming apart at the seams

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Other Word Forms of Seam

Noun

Singular:
seam
Plural:
seams

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Seam

  • burst at the seams
  • come apart at the seams

Origin of Seam

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English seme from Old English sēam syū- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See saim.

    From Wiktionary

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