From Middle English weven (“to weave”), from Old English wefan (“to weave”), from Proto-Germanic *webaną, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (“to weave, braid”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian weeuwe, West Frisian weve, Dutch weven, German weben, Danish væve, Swedish väva, Norwegian Nynork veva, Icelandic vefa.
weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past wove or weaved, past participle woven or weaved)
- To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
- This loom weaves yarn into sweaters.
- To spin a cocoon or a web.
- Spiders weave beautiful but deadly webs.
- To unite by close connection or intermixture.
- This weaves itself, perforce, into my business.
- these words, thus woven into song
- To compose creatively and intricately; to fabricate.
- to weave the plot of a story
to form something by passing strands of material over and under one another
- Albanian: thur (sq)
- Arabic: نَسَجَ (nasaja)
- Armenian: հյուսել (hy) (hyusel)
- Aromanian: tsas
- Assamese: বোৱা (büa)
- Azerbaijani: toxumaq (az)
- Belarusian: ткаць impf (tkacʹ), пле́сці impf (pljésci), спле́сці pf (spljésci)
- Bengali: বুনা (buna)
- Bulgarian: тъка́ (bg) impf (tǎká)
- Burmese: ရက် (my) (rak)
- Catalan: teixir (ca)
- Central Sierra Miwok: čý·l-
- Mandarin: 編織 (zh), 编织 (zh) (biānzhī), 織 (zh), 织 (zh) (zhī), 編 (zh), 编 (zh) (biān)
- Chuvash: тӗрт (tĕrt)
- Czech: tkát (cs) impf
- Danish: væve (da)
- Dutch: weven (nl)
- Esperanto: teksi (eo)
- Estonian: kuduma, kude
- Faroese: veva
- Finnish: kutoa (fi)
- French: tisser (fr)
- Friulian: tiessi, urdî
- Georgian: ქსოვა (ksova)
- German: weben (de)
- Greek: υφαίνω (el) (yfaíno)
- Ancient Greek: ὑφαίνω (huphaínō)
- Hindi: बुनना (hi) (bunnā)
- Hungarian: sző (hu)
- Icelandic: vefa (is)
- Ido: texar (io)
- Irish: figh
- Italian: tessere (it), intrecciare (it), tramare (it), ordire (it), intessere
- Japanese: (rough yarns such as a sweater) 編む (あむ, amu), (fine yarns such as fabric or cloth) 織る (ja) (おる, oru)
- Kazakh: тоқу (toqw)
- Khmer: ត្បាញ (km) (tbaañ)
- Khmu: ຕາໟ
- Komi-Permyak: кыны (kyny)
- Korean: 짜다 (ko) (jjada)
- Kyrgyz: токуу (ky) (tokuu)
- Lao: ຕ່ຳ (tam), ຖັກ (thak), ທໍ (thǭ), ສານ (lo) (sān)
- Latin: texō
- Latvian: aust
- Lithuanian: austi
- Luxembourgish: wiewen
- Macedonian: ткае impf (tkae)
- Malay: menenun
- Maltese: niseġ
- Maori: raranga, rangaranga, whatu
- Mongolian: нэхэх (mn) (neheh)
- Navajo: ashtłʼóh
- North Frisian: (Mooring dialect) weewe
- Norwegian: veve (no)
- Nynorsk: veva (nn)
- Occitan: téisser (oc)
- Old Church Slavonic:
- Cyrillic: тъкати impf (tŭkati)
- Persian: بافتن (fa) (bâftan)
- Polish: tkać (pl) impf
- Portuguese: tecer (pt)
- Quechua: away
- Rapa Nui: hatu
- Romanian: țese (ro)
- Romansch: taisser, teisser, tesser
- Russian: ткать (ru) impf (tkatʹ), сотка́ть (ru) pf (sotkátʹ), плести́ (ru) impf (plestí), сплести́ (ru) pf (splestí)
- Sardinian: tèssere, tèssiri
- Scottish Gaelic: figh
- Cyrillic: тка̏ти impf
- Roman: tkȁti (sh) impf
- Slovak: tkať impf, prepletať impf
- Slovene: tkati impf
- Lower Sorbian: tkaś impf
- Spanish: tejer (es), entretejer (es)
- Swedish: väva (sv)
- Tajik: бофтан (tg) (boftan)
- Tatar: тукырга (tuqırga)
- Thai: ถัก (th) (tàk), ทอ (th) (tɔɔ), สาน (th) (sǎan)
- Tibetan: བཏགས (btags)
- Tocharian A: wäp-
- Tocharian B: wāp-
- Turkish: dokumak (tr)
- Turkmen: dokamak
- Udmurt: куыны (kuyny)
- Ukrainian: тка́ти impf (tkáty), плести́ impf (plestý)
- Urdu: بونا (bunnā)
- Uyghur: توقۇماق (toqumaq)
- Uzbek: toʻqimoq (uz)
- Vietnamese: dệt (vi), đan (vi)
- Yiddish: וועבן (vebn)
to spin a cocoon or a web
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weave (plural weaves)
- A type or way of weaving.
- That rug has a very tight weave.
- Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either to supplement or to cover the natural hair.
human or artificial hair worn
From Middle English weven (“to wander”); probably from Old Norse veifa (“move around, wave”), related to Latin vibrare.
weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past and past participle weaved)
- (intransitive) To move by turning and twisting.
- The drunk weaved into another bar.
2017 August 20, “The Observer view on the attacks in Spain”, in The Observer:
The victims’ feeling of incredulity at what they were seeing, swiftly turning to paralysing fear as the van bore down on them, swerving and weaving to hit as many people as possible, can barely be imagined.
2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC:
Tevez picked up a throw-in from the right, tip-toed his way into the area and weaved past three Wolves challenges before slotting in to display why, of all City's multi-million pound buys, he remains their most important player.
- (transitive) To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.
- The ambulance weaved its way through the heavy traffic.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Weave a circle round him thrice.
to make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side