from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of junction formed by sewing together two pieces of material along their margins.
- n. A similar line, ridge, or groove made by fitting, joining, or lapping together two sections along their edges.
- n. A suture.
- n. A scar.
- n. A line across a surface, as a crack, fissure, or wrinkle.
- n. A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
- transitive v. To put together with or as if with a seam.
- transitive v. To mark with a groove, wrinkle, scar, or other seamlike line.
- transitive v. To form ridges in by purling.
- intransitive v. To become fissured or furrowed; crack open.
- intransitive v. To purl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A folded back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.
- n. A suture.
- n. A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral.
- n. The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.
- n. An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.
- n. An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.
- n. A joint formed by mating two separate sections of materials. Seams can be made or sealed in a varity of ways, including adhesive bonding, hot-air welding, solvent welding, using adhesive tapes, sealant, etc.
- v. To put together with a seam.
- v. To mark with a seam.
- v. To crack open along a seam.
- v. Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
- v. Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Grease; tallow; lard.
- n. The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather.
- n. Hence, a line of junction; a joint; a suture, as on a ship, a floor, or other structure; the line of union, or joint, of two boards, planks, metal plates, etc.
- n. A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata.
- n. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
- transitive v. To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite.
- transitive v. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar.
- transitive v. To make the appearance of a seam in, as in knitting a stocking; hence, to knit with a certain stitch, like that in such knitting.
- intransitive v. To become ridgy; to crack open.
- n. The quantity of eight bushels of grain.
- n. The quantity of 120 pounds of glass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The line formed by joining two edges; especially, the joining line formed by sewing or stitching together two different pieces of cloth, leather, or the like, or two edges of the same piece; a line of union.
- n. A piece of plain sewing; that on which sewing is being or is to be done; sewing.
- n. A line of separation, as between two strata, or two planks or the like when fastened together; also, the fissure or gap formed by the imperfect union of two bodies laid or fastened together: as, to calk the seams of a ship.
- n. A fissure; a cleft; a groove.
- n. The ridge in a casting which marks the place where two parts of the mold have been in contact, as in a plaster east or a molded piece of earthenware.
- n. A cicatrix or scar.
- n. A bed or stratum: so used especially in speaking of coal: as, a seam of coal (a bed or continuous layer of coal).
- n. plural See the quotation.
- n. In anatomy, a suture; a raphe.
- n. In sail-making, a seam run in the middle of a cloth longitudinally, by overlaying a fold of the canvas on itself, so as to give the appearance of a regular seam as between two separate cloths. This is done for appearance in yacht-sails, and to make the sail stand flatter.
- To join with a seam; unite by sewing.
- In knitting, to make an apparent seam in with a certain stitch: as, to seam a stocking.
- To mark with a seam, fissure, or furrow; scar: as, a face seamed with wounds.
- To crack; become fissured or cracked.
- In knitting, to work in a particular manner so as to produce a seam.
- n. A horse-load; a load for a pack-horse; specifically, eight bushels of grain or malt.
- n. Tallow; grease; lard.
- To cover with grease; grease.
- n. Same as slit-band.
- n. A joint used in sheet-metal work where two plates are joined by turning over the edge of the plate and hooking this turned edge into the similarly flexed edge of the next.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
- n. a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit
- v. put together with a seam
- n. joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
Middle English seme, from Old English sēam; see syū- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English sēam, from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (“that which is sewn”). Cognate with West Frisian seam, Dutch zoom, German Saum, Swedish söm. (Wiktionary)