verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- sealing wax,
- sealyham terrier,
- seam binding,
- seam bowler,
- seaman apprentice,
- seaman recruit
Origin of seam
Examples from the Web for seams
This past weekend saw two would-be blockbusters bursting at the seams with stars crash and burn at the box office.Why ‘Boarding’ Is Ruining Movies: Padding Blockbusters With A-List Cameos|Marlow Stern|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I binged on America, I stuffed myself so full of America I was bursting at the seams with America.Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me|Arthur Chu|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that theme of peace fell apart at the seams as night fell.'What You Gonna Do, Kill Us All?' Protesters Ask Ferguson Police|Justin Glawe|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was just the city was sort of bursting at the seams with creativity.
The book discloses that occasionally, weights are sewn into the seams of dresses to avoid potential embarrassment.
I arose, and felt with my fingers for the seams or cracks of the aperture.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
Skirts of thin material having ruffles around the bottom should be hung upside down by loops sewed under the ruffles at the seams.Textiles and Clothing|Kate Heintz Watson
This new attitude was loose in the back, tight across the shoulders, short in the seams—it was not made to fit Bertram Chester.The Readjustment|Will Irwin
The colour was buff, and there were seams of coal and lignite in places.A Canyon Voyage|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Tell me every spot in the country, except for the plains states here, is busting at the seams.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
Word Origin 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.
see burst at the seams; come apart at the seams.