What does seam mean?

Definitions for seam

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word seam.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. seamnoun

    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces

  2. wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, linenoun

    a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface

    "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"

  3. seam, bedverb

    a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit

    "he worked in the coal beds"

  4. seamverb

    put together with a seam

    "seam a dress"


  1. seamnoun

    A folded back and stitched piece of fabric; especially, the stitching that joins two or more pieces of fabric.

  2. seamnoun

    A suture.

  3. seamnoun

    A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral.

  4. seamnoun

    The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.

  5. seamnoun

    An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.

  6. seamnoun

    An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.

  7. seamnoun

    (Construction) A joint formed by mating two separate sections of materials. Seams can be made or sealed in a varity of ways, including adhesive bonding, hot-air welding, solvent welding, using adhesive tapes, sealant, etc.

  8. seamverb

    To put together with a seam.

  9. seamverb

    To mark with a seam.

  10. seamverb

    To crack open along a seam.

  11. seamverb

    Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.

  12. seamverb

    Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.

  13. Etymology: From seam, from saumaz. Cognate with West Frisian seam, Dutch zoom, German Saum, Swedish söm.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SEAMnoun

    Etymology: seam , Saxon; zoom, Dutch.

    In velvet white as snow the troop was gown’d,
    The seams with sparkling emeralds set around. Dryden.

    Precepts should be so finely wrought together in the same piece, that no coarse seam may discover where they join. Add.

    With boiling pitch the seams instops,
    Which, well laid o’er, the salt sea waves withstand. Dryd.

    Shall the proud lord,
    That bastes his arrogance with his own seam,
    Be worshipp’d? William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Part scour the rusty shields with seam, and part
    New grind the blunted ax. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To Seamverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Seam’d o’er with wounds, which his own sabre gave. Alexander Pope.

    Say, has the small or greater pox
    Sunk down her nose, or seam’d her face? Jonathan Swift.


  1. seam

    A seam is a line where two pieces of fabric, material, or other surfaces are joined together by sewing, welding, or other means. It can also refer to a narrow fissure or natural boundary layer in geological formations, often filled with materials such as coal or other minerals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seamnoun

    grease; tallow; lard

  2. Seamnoun

    the fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather

  3. Seamnoun

    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

  4. Seamnoun

    a thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal

  5. Seamnoun

    a line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix

  6. Seamverb

    to form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite

  7. Seamverb

    to mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar

  8. Seamverb

    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

  9. Seamverb

    to become ridgy; to crack open

  10. Seamnoun

    a denomination of weight or measure

  11. Seamnoun

    the quantity of eight bushels of grain

  12. Seamnoun

    the quantity of 120 pounds of glass

  13. Etymology: [See Saim.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seam

    sēm, n. (Shak.) grease, hog's lard.—v.t. to grease. [O. Fr. sain—L. sagina, grease.]

  2. Seam

    sēm, n. that which is sewed: a piece of plain sewing: the line formed by the sewing together of two pieces: a line of union: a vein or stratum of metal, ore, coal, &c.: a suture: (geol.) a thin layer between thicker strata.—v.t. to unite by a seam: to sew: to make a seam in.—ns. Seam′er, one who seams; Seam′ing-lace, a galloon, braiding, gold lace, &c. to sew upon seams in upholstery; Seam′ing-machine′, a power-tool for bending sheet-metal as required: a machine used to join fabrics lengthwise preparatory to printing, &c.—adj. Seam′less, without a seam: woven throughout.—ns. Seam′-press′er, an implement used to press down the newly-ploughed furrow: a goose or iron used by tailors to flatten the seams of cloth; Seam′-rent, a rent along a seam; Seam′-roll′er, in leather-working, a rubber for flattening down the edges of seams; Seam′-rubb′er; Seam′-set, a grooved punch used by tinmen; Seam′ster, one who sews:—fem. Seam′stress; Seam′stressy (Sterne), sewing.—adj. Seam′y, having a seam or seams.—n. Seam′y-side, the worst side or view of anything.—White seam (Scot.), underclothing in the process of making. [A.S. séamsíwian, to sew; Dut. zoom, Ger. saum.]

  3. Seam

    sēm, n. a load for a pack-horse, eight bushels of grain. [A.S. séam, a burden—L. sagma—Gr. sagma, a pack-saddle.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. seam

    The sewing together of two edges of canvas, which should have about 110 stitches in every yard of length. Also, the identical Anglo-Saxon word for a horse-load of 8 bushels, and much looked to in carrying fresh fish from the coast. Also, the opening between the edges of the planks in the decks and sides of a ship; these are filled with a quantity of oakum and pitch, to prevent the entrance of water. (See CAULKING.)

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SEAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seam is ranked #152628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Seam surname appeared 107 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Seam.

    85% or 91 total occurrences were Asian.
    10.2% or 11 total occurrences were White.

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  1. asem

  2. mesa

  3. same

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seam in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of seam in a Sentence

  1. Vishaal Melwani:

    My friends would go to a baseball game with their dad. [And I’d say] well, my dad is teaching me how to do an overlock seam tonight.

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