- 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
Examples from the Web for seams
Under the table, I could see that his combat boots were actually black sneakers, frayed at the seams.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace
November 18, 2014
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
August 19, 2014
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
August 12, 2014
But that theme of peace fell apart at the seams as night fell.'What You Gonna Do, Kill Us All?' Protesters Ask Ferguson Police
August 12, 2014
It was just the city was sort of bursting at the seams with creativity.Candace Bushnell Defends ‘The Carrie Diaries’
March 25, 2013
With pitch, gum, or grease, they covered up the cracks or seams.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The piece is bent up at the dotted lines and the seams are soldered.
It is cleaned inside and out, and all the seams are double-soldered.
The seams should not be less than one-eighth inch wide, and not wider than one fourth.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Lawyer and soldier grafted on Piers Ploughman, and the seams not well hidden?The Long Roll
- 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 and History for seams
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.