Textiles. filling(def 5).
a woven fabric or garment.

Origin of weft

before 900; Middle English, Old English; akin to weave
Related formsun·der·weft, noun
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Historical Examples of weft

  • Now, boys, let the weft rest on the last end, finish your work.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • If for weft, the cops are forthwith taken to the loom, ready for the shuttle.

  • As a result the adjustment of warp and weft is more or less disturbed.

  • Heroic literature is only one thread in the weft of medieval literature.

  • In this way the pupil can examine both the filling (weft) and warp threads.


    William H. Dooley

British Dictionary definitions for weft



the yarn woven across the width of the fabric through the lengthwise warp yarnAlso called: filling, woof

Word Origin for weft

Old English, related to Old Norse veptr; see weave
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Word Origin and History for weft

Old English weft, wefta, related to wefan "to weave," from Proto-Germanic *weftaz (see weave (v.)).

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