• Trimming the back seam
    Trimming the back seam
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v seam put together with a seam "seam a dress"
    • n seam joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
    • n seam a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit "he worked in the coal beds"
    • n seam a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface "his face has many lines","ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tacking the upper at the seam Tacking the upper at the seam
What the seams of your trousers are put there for What the seams of your trousers are put there for

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Seam A denomination of weight or measure. "A seam of oats."
    • Seam A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
    • Seam (Geol. & Mining) A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal.
    • n Seam sēm Grease; tallow; lard.
    • Seam 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."
    • Seam The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather.
    • v. i Seam To become ridgy; to crack open. "Later their lips began to parch and seam ."
    • Seam To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite.
    • Seam 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 To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar. "Seamed o'er with wounds which his own saber gave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n seam The line formed by joining two edges; especially, the joining line formed by sewing or stitching together two different pieces of cloth, leather, or the like, or two edges of the same piece; a line of union.
    • n seam A piece of plain sewing; that on which sewing is being or is to be done; sewing.
    • n seam A line of separation, as between two strata, or two planks or the like when fastened together; also, the fissure or gap formed by the imperfect union of two bodies laid or fastened together: as, to calk the seams of a ship.
    • n seam A fissure; a cleft; a groove.
    • n seam The ridge in a casting which marks the place where two parts of the mold have been in contact, as in a plaster east or a molded piece of earthenware.
    • n seam A cicatrix or scar.
    • n seam A bed or stratum: so used especially in speaking of coal: as, a seam of coal (a bed or continuous layer of coal).
    • n seam plural See the quotation.
    • n seam In anatomy, a suture; a raphe.
    • n seam In sail-making, a seam run in the middle of a cloth longitudinally, by overlaying a fold of the canvas on itself, so as to give the appearance of a regular seam as between two separate cloths. This is done for appearance in yacht-sails, and to make the sail stand flatter.
    • seam To join with a seam; unite by sewing.
    • seam In knitting, to make an apparent seam in with a certain stitch: as, to seam a stocking.
    • seam To mark with a seam, fissure, or furrow; scar: as, a face seamed with wounds.
    • seam To crack; become fissured or cracked.
    • seam In knitting, to work in a particular manner so as to produce a seam.
    • n seam A horse-load; a load for a pack-horse; specifically, eight bushels of grain or malt. A seam of glass, according to the old statute de ponderibus, was 28 stone of 24 pounds each; but later it was 24 stone, understood by Young as 386 pounds, but by Kelly as 120 pounds. A seam of dung in Devonshire was 386 pounds.
    • n seam Tallow; grease; lard.
    • seam To cover with grease; grease.
    • n seam Same as slit-band.
    • n seam A joint used in sheet-metal work where two plates are joined by turning over the edge of the plate and hooking this turned edge into the similarly flexed edge of the next.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Seam sēm (Shak.) grease, hog's lard
    • v.t Seam to grease
    • n Seam sēm 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:
    • v.t Seam to unite by a seam: to sew: to make a seam in
    • n Seam sēm a load for a pack-horse, eight bushels of grain.
    • n Seam sēm (geol.) a thin layer between thicker strata
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  • David Bailey
    David Bailey
    “I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.”


Burst at the seams - To be filled to or beyond normal capacity: This room will be bursting at the seams when all the guests arrive.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seem, seam, AS. seám,; akin to D. zoom, OHG. soum, G. saum, LG. soom, Icel. saumr, Sw. & Dan. söm, and E. sew,. √ 156. See Sew to fasten with thread
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. séamsíwian, to sew; Dut. zoom, Ger. saum.


In literature:

To-morrow they would start across the desert, where they could see the road leading straight in a white seam to the west.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
But her seams gaped so that I could push my little finger some way between her strakes.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He stooped forward, as he spoke slightingly, and pushed back the hair that half obscured the faint blue seam.
"Girlhood and Womanhood" by Sarah Tytler
The inside seams are then leveled and sponged away, and the mould sent to the drying room.
"The Story of Porcelain" by Sara Ware Bassett
A pack-shoe is one in which the leather of the upper part makes the sole also, without a seam.
"Tenting To-night" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
His lower jaw dropped, he stared unblinkingly, and purple veins bulged crookedly on his seamed forehead.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
Locate seam, remove from frame, sew seam, and replace as before.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
Then the water would come in through the open seams in bucketfuls.
"The Outdoor Chums at Cabin Point" by Quincy Allen
Hannah Maria Green sat on the north door-step, and sewed over and over a seam in a sheet.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
The mountain valleys afforded a splendid protection for the cattle, as did the numerous coulees with which the country was seamed.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor

In poetry:

Ye praise His justice; even such
His pitying love I deem:
Ye seek a king; I fain would touch
The robe that hath no seam.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And the incense stealing out
Through the chinks, and through the seams,
Floats among the dusty beams,
And wreathes all the bird about.
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Hellelil sitteth in bower there,
None knows my grief but God alone,
And seweth at the seam so fair,
I never wail my sorrow to any other one.
"Hildebrand And Hellelil" by William Morris
Death's cold white hand is like the snow
Laid softly on the furrowed hill,
It hides the broken seams below,
And leaves the summit brighter still.
"Birthday Of Daniel Webster" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O Youth and Beauty, loved of all!
Ye pass from girlhood's gate of dreams;
In broader ways your footsteps fall,
Ye test the truth of all that seams.
"At School-Close" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And ever the sweat-drops are flowing,
They fall o'er his thin cheek in streams,
They water the stuff he is sewing,
And soak themselves into the seams.
"The Pale Operator" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

Seam -ingly wide open.
Congo's Civil War Is Rich Seam for Prize-Winning Playwright.
Weld- Seam Detector for Tube Benders.
Introduction of Seam Tracking Technology.
Well MR moose decided to settle down in the hills of Steuben where there seams to be a population of cows.
Revision of D4884 - 09e1 Standard Test Method for Strength of Sewn or Thermally Bonded Seams of Geotextiles.
The current version of D4884 does not allow to test adhesive bonded seams.
In order to permit adhesive bonded seams to be evaluated using ASTM D4884, a few revisions were made to the standard.
Almost every store you go into, even before Halloween, has been busting at its seams with Christmas decor.
During a routine overnight hull inspection Thursday, Dec 6/Friday, Dec 7, crews discovered a leaking seam in the hull on the No.
Textile business members say industry not coming apart by the seams.
Transfer the roll , seam side down, to a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
Put assembled roll on a baking sheet, seam down.
(This was also a question of taste since I think standing seam metal roofs are just as lovely…).
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In science:

The isometry-property is necessary so that the metric continues to be smooth across the seam.
Close encounters of black holes
This also gives a smooth metric across the seam and results in a manifold known as the Misner wormhole .
Close encounters of black holes
That is, the free energy surface has a seam, i.e. a line of ‘kink singularities’.
On Spin Systems with Quenched Randomness: Classical and Quantum
The randomness is tangential to the seam, corresponding to “orthogonal randomness” in the terminology of . 2 (1 + σx ) ∈ Let us now consider this system in terms of lattice gas variables.
On Spin Systems with Quenched Randomness: Classical and Quantum
Concerning the last point the authors argue that the actual behavior of the membrane should be described by a more general model, in which edges and seams have different line tensions.
Amphiphilic Membranes