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verb (used with object),wove or, especially for 5, weaved; wo·ven or wove; weav·ing.
  1. to interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or material.

  2. to form by interlacing threads, yarns, strands, or strips of some material: to weave a basket; to weave cloth.

  1. to form by combining various elements or details into a connected whole: to weave a tale; to weave a plan.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

verb (used without object),wove or, especially for 9, weaved; wo·ven or wove; weav·ing.
  1. to form or construct something, as fabric, by interlacing threads, yarns, strips, etc.

  2. to compose a connected whole by combining various elements or details.

  1. 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.

  2. to move or proceed in a winding course or from side to side: dancers weaving in time to the music.

  1. a pattern of or method for interlacing yarns.

Origin of weave

before 900; Middle English weven,Old English wefan; cognate with German weben,Old Norse vefa;see web

Other words for weave

Other words from weave

  • outweave, verb (used with object), out·wove, out·wo·ven, or out·wove, out·weav·ing.
  • re·weave, verb, re·wove, re·wo·ven or re·wove, re·weav·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for weave


/ (wiːv) /

verbweaves, weaving, wove, weaved, woven or weaved
  1. to form (a fabric) by interlacing (yarn, etc), esp on a loom

  2. (tr) to make or construct by such a process: to weave a shawl

  1. (tr) to make or construct (an artefact, such as a basket) by interlacing (a pliable material, such as cane)

  2. (of a spider) to make (a web)

  3. (tr) to construct by combining separate elements into a whole

  4. (tr; often foll by in, into, through, etc) to introduce: to weave factual details into a fiction

  5. to create (a way, etc) by moving from side to side: to weave through a crowd

  6. (intr) () vet science (of a stabled horse) to swing the head, neck, and body backwards and forwards

  7. get weaving informal to hurry; start to do something

  1. the method or pattern of weaving or the structure of a woven fabric

Origin of weave

Old English wefan; related to Old High German weban, Old Norse vefa, Greek hyphos, Sanskrit vābhis; compare web, weevil, wasp

Derived forms of weave

  • weaving, noun

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