- to interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or material.
- to form by interlacing threads, yarns, strands, or strips of some material: to weave a basket; to weave cloth.
- to form by combining various elements or details into a connected whole: to weave a tale; to weave a plan.
- to introduce as an element or detail into a connected whole (usually followed by in or into): She wove an old folk melody into her latest musical composition.
- to direct or move along in a winding or zigzag course; move from side to side, especially to avoid obstructions: to weave one's way through traffic.
- to form or construct something, as fabric, by interlacing threads, yarns, strips, etc.
- to compose a connected whole by combining various elements or details.
- to be or become formed or composed from the interlacing of materials or the combining of various elements: The yarn wove into a beautiful fabric.
- to move or proceed in a winding course or from side to side: dancers weaving in time to the music.
- a pattern of or method for interlacing yarns.
- hairweave(defs 1, 2).
Origin of weave
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Examples from the Web for weave
I heard he helped you create Thanos, and weave him into the story.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
He compares himself to Scheherazade, whose survival was based on her ability to weave tale after tale.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
All of that material could weave through the game preparation chronology.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
Her favorite conceit is to weave unconnected news snippets into over-the-top fantasy sequences—some set in the future!Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book
November 16, 2013
Back in July, a whirling household appliance caught her by the weave.Ellen Sings ‘The Fox,’ Ride on an Eagle’s Wing & More Viral Videos
Julian E. Wright
September 21, 2013
She meant to weave some nice brushes, for the evening sweeping.Rico and Wiseli
And since it is your glory to weave, you and yours must weave forever.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Let your business still be poetry, but weave it out of life instead of words.Cleo The Magnificent
We cut with a knife, we pierce with an awl, we weave with a shuttle, we name with a name.Cratylus
So then you would counsel me to weave myself some sort of net?The Memorabilia
- to form (a fabric) by interlacing (yarn, etc), esp on a loom
- (tr) to make or construct by such a processto weave a shawl
- (tr) to make or construct (an artefact, such as a basket) by interlacing (a pliable material, such as cane)
- (of a spider) to make (a web)
- (tr) to construct by combining separate elements into a whole
- (tr; often foll by in, into, through, etc) to introduceto weave factual details into a fiction
- to create (a way, etc) by moving from side to sideto weave through a crowd
- (intr) () vet science (of a stabled horse) to swing the head, neck, and body backwards and forwards
- get weaving informal to hurry; start to do something
- the method or pattern of weaving or the structure of a woven fabric
Word Origin and History for weave
Old English wefan "form by interlacing yarn" (class V strong verb; past tense wæf, past participle wefen), from Proto-Germanic *weban (cf. Old Norse vefa, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch weven, Old High German weban, German weben "to weave"), from PIE *webh- "to weave;" also "to move quickly" (cf. Sanskrit ubhnati "he laces together," Persian baftan "to weave," Greek hyphe, hyphos "web," Old English webb "web").
Extended sense of "combine into a whole" is from late 14c.; meaning "go by twisting and turning" is first found 1590s. Sense in boxing is from 1818. Related: Wove; weaved; weaving.
"method or pattern of weaving," 1888, from weave (v.).