- a past participle of weave.
- 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 woven
His Oxford shirts and matching boxers are, needless to say, woven.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
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Woven into the very fabric of its characters, Masters uses sex to broach bigger topics.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’
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But woven throughout the collection were the beautiful scarves used in a variety of ways.Art Takes the Runway at Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week
February 17, 2014
Its chain is woven with leather, giving the bag, as Woolstenhulme describes it, an “evening, glamour look.”Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun?
October 15, 2013
This tapestry was woven in Flanders in about 1500 for a noble French client.Unicorn, the Luxury Meat
July 16, 2013
They are woven all over with lichens, and the blackberry binds them fast.Tiverton Tales
The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.Leila, Complete
It was the trap, ever the trap, the fear of it lurking deep in the life of him, woven into the fibre of him.White Fang
Of this warp and woof have all the strange patterns of Spanish life been woven.Rosinante to the Road Again</p>
John Dos Passos
It may be sold by the spinner to the weaver or it may be woven in the mill in which it is spun.The Fabric of Civilization
- a past participle of weave
- 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 woven
"method or pattern of weaving," 1888, from weave (v.).
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.