- 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
Related Words for seamjoint, hem, pleat, closure, coupling, tuck, union, juncture, connection, suture, gore, junction, bond, gusset
Examples from the Web for seam
Contemporary Examples of seam
Fumbleroooohski…'” (39) “'Look at me, ungh, splitting my own seam, oohh… going deep.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Roll the pork over the stuffing, like a jelly roll, until the seam is facing down and the fat back is on top.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
For a number of years, we lived in the Abu Tor neighborhood, right on the seam of East and West Jerusalem.Life In Common
July 2, 2012
Historical Examples of seam
You'll open a seam in your head and founder, first thing you know.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
The seam is twenty-six feet thick, and the coal is of good quality.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Then followed a long silence while the machine rattled down a seam.The Hound From The North
"There's a seam of cryolite in the Eastern Hills, according to the old maps," said Lake.Space Prison
Take your seam indoors to your chamber, and stir not from it till supper-time.Chatterbox, 1905.
- 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 for seam
Word Origin and History for seam
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.
Idioms and Phrases with seam
see burst at the seams; come apart at the seams.