woven

[woh-vuh n]

verb

a past participle of weave.

Related formshalf-wo·ven, adjectiveun·wo·ven, adjectivewell-wo·ven, adjective

weave

[weev]

verb (used with object), wove or especially for 5, weaved; wo·ven or wove; weav·ing.

to interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or material.
to form by interlacing threads, yarns, strands, or strips of some material: to weave a basket; to weave cloth.
to form by combining various elements or details into a connected whole: to weave a tale; to weave a plan.
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.
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.

to form or construct something, as fabric, by interlacing threads, yarns, strips, etc.
to compose a connected whole by combining various elements or details.
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.
to move or proceed in a winding course or from side to side: dancers weaving in time to the music.

noun

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
Related formsout·weave, 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.

Synonyms for weave

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Examples from the Web for woven

Contemporary Examples of woven

Historical Examples of woven

  • Over one of them the woven product passes as the loom is operated, while the other holds the unwoven warp.

  • Her board was paid with two coverlets, spun, dyed, and woven by her own hands.

    Heroines of Service

    Mary Rosetta Parkman

  • Very soon there was nothing between him and the now almost despairing couple but the woven wire springs.

  • The speaking-tube used was of woven material, not of rubber, and a pad of felt was kept in the tube near the diaphragm box.

  • Tie all ends, cut the woven sample away from the loom, and mount in note-book.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley



British Dictionary definitions for woven

woven

verb

a past participle of weave

weave

verb weaves, weaving, wove, weaved, woven or weaved

to form (a fabric) by interlacing (yarn, etc), esp on a loom
(tr) to make or construct by such a processto weave a shawl
(tr) to make or construct (an artefact, such as a basket) by interlacing (a pliable material, such as cane)
(of a spider) to make (a web)
(tr) to construct by combining separate elements into a whole
(tr; often foll by in, into, through, etc) to introduceto weave factual details into a fiction
to create (a way, etc) by moving from side to sideto weave through a crowd
(intr) () vet science (of a stabled horse) to swing the head, neck, and body backwards and forwards
get weaving informal to hurry; start to do something

noun

the method or pattern of weaving or the structure of a woven fabric
Derived Formsweaving, noun

Word Origin for weave

Old English wefan; related to Old High German weban, Old Norse vefa, Greek hyphos, Sanskrit vābhis; compare web, weevil, wasp
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Word Origin and History for woven
adj.

late 15c., from past participle of weave (v.) on analogy of stolen.

weave

n.

"method or pattern of weaving," 1888, from weave (v.).

weave

v.

Old English wefan "form by interlacing yarn" (class V strong verb; past tense wæf, past participle wefen), from Proto-Germanic *weban (cf. Old Norse vefa, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch weven, Old High German weban, German weben "to weave"), from PIE *webh- "to weave;" also "to move quickly" (cf. Sanskrit ubhnati "he laces together," Persian baftan "to weave," Greek hyphe, hyphos "web," Old English webb "web").

Extended sense of "combine into a whole" is from late 14c.; meaning "go by twisting and turning" is first found 1590s. Sense in boxing is from 1818. Related: Wove; weaved; weaving.

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