Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Seam \Seam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seamed; p. pr. & vb. n. Seaming.]
To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite.
To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar.
Seamed o'er with wounds which his own saber gave.
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.
Seam \Seam\ (s[=e]m), n. [See Saim.]
Grease; tallow; lard. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Seam \Seam\, v. i. To become ridgy; to crack open.
Later their lips began to parch and seam.
Seam \Seam\, n. [AS. se['a]m, LL. sauma, L. sagma a packsaddle, fr. Gr. ?. See Sumpter.] A denomination of weight or measure. Specifically:
The quantity of eight bushels of grain. ``A seam of oats.''
The quantity of 120 pounds of glass. [Eng.]
Seam \Seam\, n. [OE. seem, seam, AS. se['a]m; akin to D. zoom, OHG. soum, G. saum, LG. soom, Icel. saumr, Sw. & Dan. s["o]m, and E. sew. [root] 156. See Sew to fasten with thread.]
The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather.
Hence, a line of junction; a joint; a suture, as on a ship, a floor, or other structure; the line of union, or joint, of two boards, planks, metal plates, etc.
Precepts should be so finely wrought together . . . that no coarse seam may discover where they join.
(Geol. & Mining) A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal.
A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix. Seam blast, a blast made by putting the powder into seams or cracks of rocks. Seam lace, a lace used by carriage makers to cover seams and edges; -- called also seaming lace. Seam presser. (Agric.)
A heavy roller to press down newly plowed furrows.
A tailor's sadiron for pressing seams.
Seam set, a set for flattering the seams of metal sheets, leather work, etc.
Seam may refer to:
- Seam (sewing), the line where two or more layers of fabric are held together by stitches.
- Seam (geology), a stratum of coal or mineral that is economically viable; a bed or a distinct layer of vein of rock in other layers of rock
- Seam (metallurgy)
- Seam (band), an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois
- Seam (unit), various obsolete units of measurement
- Seam bowling, in cricket, refers to bowling with the main seam upright
- Seam carving, an image resizing algorithm
- Can seamer, a machine used to seal a lid to a can body, such as in paint or food cans
- Quarter seam, a thread on the surface of a cricket ball
- JBoss Seam, a Java application framework by JBoss
- Seam route, a passing route in football
SEAM may refer to:
- The ICAO airport code for Chachoan Airport in Ambato, Ecuador
- Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism, an implementation of Kerberos protocol for the Solaris operating system
Seam was an American indie rock band from Chicago (formerly from Chapel Hill, North Carolina). Active from 1991 to 2000, it was led by Sooyoung Park, former frontman of Bitch Magnet. Seam's initial line-up included bassist Lexi Mitchell and drummer Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk).
A Seam is an obsolete unit of volume or mass in the UK.
The Oxford English Dictionary includes definitions of a seam as:
of glass (or in the 14th century)
- a cart-load, sometimes of a specified amount such as of straw or of hay or manure.
Cardarelli asserts that it was equal to .
In sewing, a seam is the join where two or more layers of fabric, leather, or other materials are held together with stitches. Prior to the invention of the sewing machine, all sewing was done by hand. Seams in modern mass-produced household textiles, sporting goods, and ready-to-wear clothing are sewn by computerized machines, while home shoemaking, dressmaking, quilting, crafts, haute couture and tailoring may use a combination of hand and machine sewing.
In clothing construction, seams are classified by their type (plain, lapped, abutted, or French seams) and position in the finished garment (center back seam, inseam, side seam). Seams are finished with a variety of techniques to prevent raveling of raw fabric edges and to neaten the inside of garments.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context sewing English) A folded back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.(w Seam (sewing) Wp) 2 A suture. 3 A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral. 4 (context cricket English) The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam. 5 An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels. 6 An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds. 7 (context construction English) A joint formed by mating two separate sections of materials. 8 A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix. 9 (context figurative English) A line of junction; a joint. vb. 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. 4 To crack open along a seam. 5 (context cricket English) Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam. 6 (context cricket English) Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus. Etymology 2
n. (context UK dialect obsolete English) grease; tallow; lard
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English seam "seam, suture, junction," from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (cognates: Old Frisian sam "hem, seam," Old Norse saumr, Middle Dutch som, Dutch zoom, Old High German soum, German Saum "hem"), from PIE root *syu- "to sew, to bind" (cognates: Old English siwian, Latin suere, Sanskrit syuman; see sew).Chidynge and reproche ... vnsowen the semes of freendshipe in mannes herte. [Chaucer, "Parson's Tale," c.1386]Meaning "raised band of stitching on a ball" is recorded from 1888. Geological use is from 1590s.
1580s, from seam (n.). Related: Seamed; seaming.
n. joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; "he worked in the coal beds" [syn: bed]
v. put together with a seam; "seam a dress"
Usage examples of "seam".
I heard a short, sharp cry behind me, a fall, and turning saw an awful face rushing upon me,--not human, not animal, but hellish, brown, seamed with red branching scars, red drops starting out upon it, and the lidless eyes ablaze.
Because we live on the seam between formula and mystery, because I can recognize in the harmonic vicissitudes the hummable tune is put through some similar, metaphorical bend, music marks out the way all messages go.
Through the bars of the cage, Marchpane saw among the layers of schist a seam of glass catch at the lamplight, and then another.
I rolled over the thwart and into the bottom of the boat, Iying there with chattering teeth and quietly freeing the marlinspike from its resting place along the seam of my trouser leg, where I had tied it with spun yarn.
The fuselage was light plywood, a monocoque hull factory-made in two pieces and then fastened together along a central seam, much stronger than the old fabric models and extremely simple to make, which was crucial these days.
The front-seat passenger, a rugged mountainy man with forty years of living ground into the seams of his face, was crying.
The seams had been overstitched with running strips of leather knotwork.
Eurohiking, our bodies ready to burst from within the frayed seams of our overworn garments washed irregularly in bidets spanning the continent.
From the way he fell, dead weight, a falling ingot or a sack of meal dropped from the haymow that shudders the barn and bursts its own seams, Prew knew.
Natalia would have to resew the seam, and she was much less neat than Anna.
The sea-water splashed in through the scuppers and through the ports, or leaked in, a little at a time, through the seams.
But she was barefoot, and white scars seamed her ribs, licking down between breast and second nipple, familiar on the dark skin.
Right at the point where it had devoured half of the building it was Seamed to.
The quick aging of Kolnar had seamed and scored it, until the starved hunger of the soul within showed through the flesh.
His body was matte-black except where the dusty gray of scars seamed it, a gaunt thing of massive bones and muscles shrunken and knotted and still powerful enough to crack teak beams.