from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make (cloth) by interlacing the threads of the weft and the warp on a loom.
  • transitive v. To interlace (threads, for example) into cloth.
  • transitive v. To construct by interlacing or interweaving strips or strands of material: weave a basket.
  • transitive v. To interweave or combine (elements) into a complex whole: wove the incidents into a story.
  • transitive v. To contrive (something complex or elaborate) in this way: weave a tale.
  • transitive v. To introduce (another element) into a complex whole; work in: wove folk tunes into the symphony.
  • transitive v. To spin (a web, for example).
  • transitive v. To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side: weaved our way through the heavy traffic.
  • intransitive v. To engage in weaving; make cloth.
  • intransitive v. To work at a loom.
  • intransitive v. To move in and out or sway from side to side.
  • n. The pattern, method of weaving, or construction of a fabric: a twill weave; a loose weave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
  • v. To spin a cocoon or a web.
  • n. ­A type or way of weaving.
  • n. Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either in addition to or by covering the natural hair altogether.
  • v. To make or move by turning and twisting.
  • v. To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A particular method or pattern of weaving.
  • intransitive v. To practice weaving; to work with a loom.
  • intransitive v. To become woven or interwoven.
  • transitive v. To unite, as threads of any kind, in such a manner as to form a texture; to entwine or interlace into a fabric.; hence, to unite by close connection or intermixture; to unite intimately.
  • transitive v. To form, as cloth, by interlacing threads; to compose, as a texture of any kind, by putting together textile materials; ; hence, to form into a fabric; to compose; to fabricate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form by interlacing flexible parts, such as threads, yarns, filaments, or strips of different materials. See weaving.
  • To form a texture from; interlace or entwine into a fabric.
  • To entwine; unite by intermixture or close connection; insert by or as by weaving.
  • To inclose by weaving something about.
  • To contrive, fabricate, or construct with de sign or elaborate care: as, to weave a plot.
  • To practise weaving; work with a loom.
  • To become woven or interwoven.
  • In the manège, to make a motion of the head, neck, and body from side to side like the shuttle of a weaver: said of a horse.
  • To shake; cause to waver; wave; brandish; toss; waft.
  • To move; cause to move.
  • To wave; waver; float about.
  • To move; go.
  • n. The act or a style of weaving.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sway to and fro
  • n. pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
  • v. interlace by or as if by weaving
  • v. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
  • v. create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton


Middle English weven, from Old English wefan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wefan, from Proto-Germanic *webanan, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (“to weave, braid”). Cognate with Dutch weven, German weben, Swedish väva. (Wiktionary)
Probably from Old Norse veifa ‘move around, wave’, related to Latin vibrare. (Wiktionary)



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