Definitions for: Seam


[n] joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
[n] a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; "he worked in the coal beds"
[n] a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
[v] join with a seam
[v] put together with a seam; "seam a dress"



Webster (1913) Definition: Seam (s[=e]m), n. [See Saim.]
Grease; tallow; lard. [Obs. or prov. Eng.] --Shak. Dryden.


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.]
1. The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of
cloth or leather.

2. 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.
--Addison.

3. (Geol. & Mining) A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein
between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal.

4. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a
cicatrix.

Seam blast, a blast 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) A heavy roller to press down newly plowed furrows.
(b) A tailor's sadiron for pressing seams. --Knight.

Seam set, a set for flattering the seams of metal sheets,
leather work, etc.


Seam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Seaming.]
1. To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to
unite.

2. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to
scar.

Seamed o'?r with wounds which his own saber gave.
--Pope.

3. 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, v. i.
To become ridgy; to crack open.

Later their lips began to parch and seam. --L. Wallace.


Seam, n. [AS. se['a]m, LL. sauma, L. sagma a packsaddle,
fr. Gr. ?. See Sumpter.]
A denomination of weight or measure. Specifically:
(a) The quantity of eight bushels of grain. ``A seam of
oats.'' --P. Plowman.
(b) The quantity of 120 pounds of glass. [Eng.]

Synonyms: bed, crease, crinkle, furrow, line, wrinkle

See Also: bring together, coal seam, crow's feet, crow's foot, cutis, depression, dermatoglyphic, fell, felled seam, heart line, impression, imprint, join, joint, laugh line, life line, lifeline, line of destiny, line of fate, line of heart, line of life, line of Saturn, love line, mensal line, run up, sew, sew together, skin, stitch, stratum, surgical seam, suture, suture, tegument, welt

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