A flat seam in fabric




  • To put together with a 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.
  • To mark with a seam or line; to scar.
  • To crack open along a seam.
  • Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
  • Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.


  • From Middle English seem, seme, from Old English sēam, from Proto-West Germanic *saum, from Proto-Germanic *saumaz.
  • From the noun seam.
  • From Old English sēam ("a burden"), from Latin sagma ("saddle").
  • From Middle English seime ("grease"), from Old French saim ("fat"). Compare French saindoux ("lard").

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