from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To sew with overhand stitches.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sew in a manner similar to overcasting, but more closely, so as completely to cover the edge of the material, and with greater care.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To sew together the edges of two pieces of fabric, with every stitch passing over the join

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both


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  • Abby, with a firm but not unkind grasp, took Shaker Jane and Mary by their little hands and said, "Morning's not the time for play; run over to Sister Martha and help her shell the peas; then there'll be your seams to oversew."

    Homespun Tales

  • Seam and stuff the legs and oversew them in position.

    The Guardian World News


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