- the line formed by sewing together pieces of cloth, leather, or the like.
- the stitches used to make such a line.
- any line formed by abutting edges.
- any linear indentation or mark, as a wrinkle or scar.
- Knitting. a line of stitches formed by purling.
- Geology. a comparatively thin stratum; a bed, as of coal.
- to join with or as if with stitches; make the seam or seams of.
- to furrow; mark with wrinkles, scars, etc.
- Knitting. to knit with or in a seam.
- to become cracked, fissured, or furrowed.
- Knitting. to make a line of stitches by purling.
Origin of seam
Examples from the Web for seamed
The post-dinner conversations of staffers and policy-makers was seamed with shame, and even defeatism.Indefensible but Indispensable America
December 12, 2014
He was a biggish lad, with a boyish, slightly mischievous grin, and thoughtfulness and consideration were seamed in his character.The James Foley I Knew in the ISIS War Zone
August 20, 2014
Every female extra wore the right girdle and seamed stockings; every man had the correct length tie.Book of Mormon's Magnificent Costumes
April 15, 2011
His face, small, sharp-featured and weazened, was seamed with a thousand wrinkles.The Inn at the Red Oak
The land was seamed and scarred, the colors of the foliage somber.
One yard and three nails, doubled and seamed up, is the proper size.
All these must be neatly hemmed and run, or seamed, if necessary.
And he kissed her cheek, bathed as it was and seamed with, hot tears.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
- the line along which pieces of fabric are joined, esp by stitching
- a ridge or line made by joining two edges
- a stratum of coal, ore, etc
- a linear indentation, such as a wrinkle or scar
- surgery another name for suture (def. 1b)
- (modifier) cricket of or relating to a style of bowling in which the bowler utilizes the stitched seam round the ball in order to make it swing in flight and after touching the grounda seam bowler
- bursting at the seams full to overflowing
- in a good seam Northern English dialect doing well, esp financially
- (tr) to join or sew together by or as if by a seam
- US to make ridges in (knitting) using purl stitch
- to mark or become marked with or as if with a seam or wrinkle
Word Origin and History for seamed
Old English seam "seam, suture, junction," from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (cf. Old Frisian sam "hem, seam," Old Norse saumr, Middle Dutch som, Dutch zoom, Old High German soum, German Saum "hem"), from PIE root *syu- "to sew, to bind" (cf. Old English siwian, Latin suere, Sanskrit syuman; see sew).
Chidynge and reproche ... vnsowen the semes of freendshipe in mannes herte. [Chaucer, "Parson's Tale," c.1386]
Meaning "raised band of stitching on a ball" is recorded from 1888. Geological use is from 1590s.
1580s, from seam (n.). Related: Seamed; seaming.
- A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.