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

  • intransitive verb To make (cloth) by interlacing the threads of the weft and the warp on a loom.
  • intransitive verb To interlace (threads, for example) into cloth.
  • intransitive verb To construct by interlacing or interweaving strips or strands of material.
  • intransitive verb To interweave or combine (elements) into a complex whole.
  • intransitive verb To contrive (something complex or elaborate) in this way.
  • intransitive verb To introduce (another element) into a complex whole; work in.
  • intransitive verb To attach hair extensions to (hair).
  • intransitive verb To spin (a web, for example).
  • intransitive verb To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.
  • intransitive verb To engage in weaving; make cloth.
  • intransitive verb To work at a loom.
  • intransitive verb To move in and out or sway from side to side.
  • noun The pattern, method of weaving, or construction of a fabric.
  • noun A hairstyle in which hair extensions are attached to existing strands of hair.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To shake; cause to waver; wave; brandish; toss; waft.
  • To move; cause to move.
  • To wave; waver; float about.
  • To move; go.
  • noun The act or a style of weaving.
  • To form by interlacing flexible parts, such as threads, yarns, filaments, or strips of different materials. See weaving.
  • To form a texture from; interlace or entwine into a fabric.
  • To entwine; unite by intermixture or close connection; insert by or as by weaving.
  • To inclose by weaving something about.
  • To contrive, fabricate, or construct with de sign or elaborate care: as, to weave a plot.
  • To practise weaving; work with a loom.
  • To become woven or interwoven.
  • In the manège, to make a motion of the head, neck, and body from side to side like the shuttle of a weaver: said of a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To practice weaving; to work with a loom.
  • intransitive verb To become woven or interwoven.
  • noun A particular method or pattern of weaving.
  • transitive verb To unite, as threads of any kind, in such a manner as to form a texture; to entwine or interlace into a fabric.; hence, to unite by close connection or intermixture; to unite intimately.
  • transitive verb To form, as cloth, by interlacing threads; to compose, as a texture of any kind, by putting together textile materials; ; hence, to form into a fabric; to compose; to fabricate.

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

  • verb To make or move by turning and twisting.
  • verb To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.
  • verb To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
  • verb To spin a cocoon or a web.
  • noun ­A type or way of weaving.
  • noun Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either in addition to or by covering the natural hair altogether.

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

  • verb sway to and fro
  • noun pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
  • verb interlace by or as if by weaving
  • verb to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
  • verb create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton


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

[Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; see webh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably from Old Norse veifa ‘move around, wave’, related to Latin vibrare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English wefan, from Proto-Germanic *webanan, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (“to weave, braid”). Cognate with Dutch weven, German weben, Swedish väva.


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  • In making a cloth with plain weave, that is, with every thread interlacing with every other, as in darning, only two harnesses are required, but the modern loom may have up to about twenty-four harnesses so that an infinite variety of weaves may be obtained.

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