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Weave \Weave\ (w[=e]v), v. t. [imp. Wove (w[=o]v); p. p. Woven (w[=o]v"'n), Wove; p. pr. & vb. n. Weaving. The regular imp. & p. p. Weaved (w[=e]vd), is rarely used.] [OE. weven, AS. wefan; akin to D. weven, G. weben, OHG. weban, Icel. vefa, Sw. v["a]fva, Dan. v[ae]ve, Gr. "yfai`nein, v., "y`fos web, Skr. [=u]r[.n]av[=a]bhi spider, lit., wool weaver. Cf. Waper, Waffle, Web, Weevil, Weft, Woof.]

  1. To unite, as threads of any kind, in such a manner as to form a texture; to entwine or interlace into a fabric; as, to weave wool, silk, etc.; hence, to unite by close connection or intermixture; to unite intimately.

    This weaves itself, perforce, into my business.

    That in their green shops weave the smooth-haired silk To deck her sons.

    And for these words, thus woven into song.

  2. To form, as cloth, by interlacing threads; to compose, as a texture of any kind, by putting together textile materials; as, to weave broadcloth; to weave a carpet; hence, to form into a fabric; to compose; to fabricate; as, to weave the plot of a story.

    When she weaved the sleided silk.

    Her starry wreaths the virgin jasmin weaves.
    --Ld. Lytton.


Weaving \Weav"ing\, n.

  1. The act of one who, or that which, weaves; the act or art of forming cloth in a loom by the union or intertexture of threads.

  2. (Far.) An incessant motion of a horse's head, neck, and body, from side to side, fancied to resemble the motion of a hand weaver in throwing the shuttle.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The process of making woven material on a loom. 2 (context countable English) A piece of such material. vb. 1 (present participle of weave English) 2 (form of gerund weave English)

  1. adj. walking unsteadily; "a stqaggering gait" [syn: lurching, stumbling, staggering]

  2. n. creating fabric


Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. Similar methods are knitting, felting, and braiding or plaiting. The longitudinal threads are called the warp and the lateral threads are the weft or filling. (Weft or woof is an old English word meaning "that which is woven".) The method in which these threads are inter woven affects the characteristics of the cloth.

Cloth is usually woven on a loom, a device that holds the warp threads in place while filling threads are woven through them. A fabric band which meets this definition of cloth (warp threads with a weft thread winding between) can also be made using other methods, including tablet weaving, back-strap, or other techniques without looms.

The way the warp and filling threads interlace with each other is called the weave. The majority of woven products are created with one of three basic weaves: plain weave, satin weave, or twill. Woven cloth can be plain (in one colour or a simple pattern), or can be woven in decorative or artistic design.

Weaving (mythology)

The theme of weaving in mythology is ancient, and its lost mythic lore probably accompanied the early spread of this art. In traditional societies today, westward of Central Asia and the Iranian plateau, weaving is a mystery within woman's sphere. Where men have become the primary weavers in this part of the world, it is possible that they have usurped the archaic role: among the gods, only goddesses are weavers. Herodotus noted, however, the cultural difference between gender identities and weaving among Hellenes and Egyptians: among Egyptians it was the men who wove.

Weaving begins with spinning. Until the spinning wheel was invented in the 14th century, all spinning was done with distaff and spindle. In English the "distaff side" indicates relatives through one's mother, and thereby denotes a woman's role in the household economy. In Scandinavia, the stars of Orion's belt are known as Friggjar rockr, "Frigg’s distaff".

The spindle, essential to the weaving art, is recognizable as an emblem of security and settled times in a ruler's eighth-century BCE inscription at Karatepe:

"In those places which were formerly feared, where a man fears... to go on the road, in my days even women walked with spindles"

In the adjacent region of North Syria, historian Robin Lane Fox remarks funerary stelae showing men holding cups as if feasting and women seated facing them and holding spindles.

Weaving (horse)

Weaving is a stable vice of horses, in which the horse repetitively sways side to side, shifting weight and moving its head and neck back and forth.

Weaving (surname)

Weaving is a surname.

Those bearing it include:

  • Jon Weaving (born 1936), Australian musician
  • Hugo Weaving (born 1960), British-Australian actor
  • Samara Weaving (born 1992), Australian actor
Weaving (disambiguation)

Weaving is assembling threads into cloth.

Weaving or weave may also refer to:

  • Weaving (surname), a surname (and list of people with the name)
  • Weave (digital printing)
  • Weaving (horse), behavior pattern
  • Weaving (knitting)
  • Weaving (mythology), a literary theme
  • Weave (Forgotten Realms), a fictional magic-producing fabric in Forgotten Realms
  • Basket weaving
  • Hair weave
  • Mozilla Weave
  • Weaving, field combination deinterlacing of television images
  • Weaving, program transformation in Aspect-oriented programming
  • Weaving, grade-separation in vehicular traffic
Weaving (knitting)

In knitting, weaving is a family of techniques used for several purposes in knitting.

The most common use for the technique is when working stranded color patterns, in which two yarns are alternated to certain of the stitches to create patterns. Weaving is used to attach the horizontal strands of yarn that pass unused behind stitches formed with the other yarn to the inside of the fabric. This is usually done to prevent overlong "floats" on the inside to prevent snags and create an even tension in the fabric.

The technique can also be used for decorative purposes if it is done on every stitch, in which case the "inside" of the fabric is used on the outside

Weaving in, or "inlay", is a related but different technique that is used to thread an extra yarn(s) into the fabric without knitting it. The woven yarn(s) need not be the same thickness or color as the knitted yarn, and almost always (but not necessarily) follow the horizontal rows (courses) of knitting. Because the extra yarn simply passes back and forth between the knitted stitches, it can be pulled out unless it is secured in some way at the sides. The resulting fabric is more like a woven texture than a knit because the extra strand reduces its elasticity.

Usage examples of "weaving".

With Ceis plugged into the little battery amplifier, she sat on the back seat, weaving a spell of unseeing about the three vehicles.

Both of them laughed as they were led to where a group of brahmacharyas sat amid a pile of freshly cut balsa wood logs, a pot of tar slowly melting over a cookfire, and vines and creepers they were weaving into ropes to use as lashings.

For a good half hour he went on, up and down, back and forth, weaving a glowing picture of that long-ago battle when Buri earned his name.

Jacob and the females were moving swiftly, their articulated feet padding silently over deep humus and soft green moss, weaving up and down, under and around immense, ancient pillars of old-growth forest with seeming indifference.

Over the years he came to resemble a high hill covered in grass and shrubs and stunted trees, with here and there a portion of scale showing through, and the colossal head entirely emergent, unclothed by vegetation, engaging everything that passed before him with huge, slit-pupiled golden eyes, exerting a malefic influence over the events that flowed around him, twisting them into shapes that conformed to the cruel designs his discarnate intellect delighted in the weaving of and profited his vengeful will.

On porches washed with saffron sunlight, elderly women sat weaving withy-baskets, while old men fashioned ropes from marram grass.

The eternity of the soul, past and future, once accepted by the mind, leads directly to the construction of the whole scheme of metempsychosis an everlasting succession of births and deaths, disembodiments and reembodiments, with their laws of personality and fortunes of time and space weaving the boundless web of destiny and playing the endless drama of providence.

Quickly, it reached out and bound the misted form of the Grimpond, weaving and twisting with its magic.

Faint phosphene speckles swam through the eddies and peaks, weaving in and out of the thicker ammonia-laden braids, their light ebbing and kindling in hesitant patterns.

With the small and delicate humanoids who had been my playfellows, I had gathered the nuts and buds and trapped the small arboreal animals they used for food, taken my share at weaving clothing from the fibres of parasite plants cultivated on the stems, and in all those eight years I had set foot on the ground less than a dozen times, even though I had travelled for miles through the tree-roads high above the forest floor.

Perched on his seat, the moist living reins slipping and tugging in his hands, Vanamee, in the midst of this steady confusion of constantly varying sensation, sight interrupted by sound, sound mingling with sight, on this swaying, vibrating seat, quivering with the prolonged thrill of the earth, lapsed to a sort of pleasing numbness, in a sense, hypnotised by the weaving maze of things in which he found himself involved.

Web offered a quirky grin, shook his head, weaving ever so slightly as he strode off.

Jest as I reched the door he come weaving out, muttering in his whiskers and waving his six-shooter.

Temple and Giles Copeland stood on the verandah of the factory and studied the red sails of the junks weaving hapless patterns on the river below Respondentia Walk.

With Chris Paul playing brilliantly, weaving through traffic with the ball like a scatback, the Demon Deacons proceeded to go on a run.