from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To sew with overhand stitches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. 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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