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EnglishEdit

 
A flat seam in fabric
 
Seams of coal

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English seem, seme, from Old English sēam (seam), from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (that which is sewn).

NounEdit

seam (plural seams)

  1. (sewing) A folded-back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. A suture.
  3. (geology) A thin stratum, especially of an economically viable material such as coal or mineral.
  4. (cricket) The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.
  5. (construction) A joint formed by mating two separate sections of materials.
    Seams can be made or sealed in a variety of ways, including adhesive bonding, hot-air welding, solvent welding, using adhesive tapes, sealant, etc.
  6. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
  7. (figuratively) A line of junction; a joint.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison
      Precepts should be so finely wrought together [] that no coarse seam may discover where they join.
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Etymology 2Edit

From the noun seam.

VerbEdit

seam (third-person singular simple present seams, present participle seaming, simple past and past participle seamed)

  1. To put together with a seam.
  2. 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.
  3. To mark with a seam or line; to scar.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope
      Seamed o'er with wounds which his own sabre gave.
  4. To crack open along a seam.
    • (Can we date this quote?) L. Wallace
      Later their lips began to parch and seam.
  5. (cricket) Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
  6. (cricket) Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.
QuotationsEdit
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Skeleton in Armor:
    Thus, seamed with many scars, / Bursting these prison bars, / Up to its native stars / My soul ascended!

Etymology 3Edit

From Old English sēam (a burden), from Latin sagma (saddle).

NounEdit

seam (plural seams)

  1. (historical) An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.
  2. (historical) An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.
    • 1952, L. F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 175.
      As white glass was 6s. the 'seam', containing 24 'weys' (pise, or pondera) of 5 lb., and 2½ lb. was reckoned sufficient to make one foot of glazing, the cost of glass would be 1½d. leaving 2½d. for labour.

Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English seime (grease), from Old French saim (fat). Compare French saindoux (lard).

NounEdit

seam (plural seams)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, obsolete) grease; tallow; lard
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *saumaz.

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NounEdit

sēam m

  1. seam

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  • Middle English: seme, seem