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[seem] /sim/
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to become cracked, fissured, or furrowed.
Knitting. to make a line of stitches by purling.
Origin of seam
before 1000; Middle English seme (noun), Old English sēam; cognate with German Saum hem; akin to sew1, Greek hymḗn membrane (see hymen)
Related forms
seamer, noun
underseam, noun Unabridged
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  • The grass was seamed in all directions, as if ploughs, large and small, had been constantly drawn over it.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • It is surprising, in so short a time, how lean their faces have grown, how lined and seamed.

  • And the man's face—thin and seamed—became chalklike beneath the tan upon it.

    Square Deal Sanderson Charles Alden Seltzer
  • His bald forehead was seamed with the wrinkles of responsibility.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The tower of this church was so high that it seamed to touch the clouds, and in the high tower there were three wonderful bells.

    The Child's World Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate
  • The storm came down and the night fell, seamed with lightning.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • His lip curled back brute-like till his teeth showed, while his face was grooved, seamed and twisted uglily.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
British Dictionary definitions for seamed


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 (sense 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 ground: a seam bowler
bursting at the seams, full to overflowing
(Northern English, dialect) in a good seam, doing well, esp financially
(transitive) 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
Old English; related to Old Norse saumr, Old High German soum
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seamed in Science
A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
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