seam


seam
seam [si:m] n
[: Old English;]
1.) a line where two pieces of cloth, leather etc have been stitched together
She was repairing Billy's trousers, where the seam had come undone.
Join the shoulder seams together.
2.) a layer of a mineral under the ground
seam of coal/iron etc
3.) be coming/falling apart at the seams
a) if a plan, organization etc is coming apart at the seams, so many things are going wrong with it that it will probably fail
The health service seems to be falling apart at the seams.
b) if a piece of clothing is coming apart at the seams, the stitches on it are coming unfastened
4.) be bursting/bulging at the seams
if a room or building is bursting at the seams, it is so full of people that hardly anyone else can fit into it
5.) a (rich) seam of sth
a thing, place, or group from which a type of thing can be obtained
The 466-page book is a rich seam of statistical information.
6.) a line where two pieces of metal, wood etc have been joined together

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  • Seam — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — may refer to:* Seam (band), an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois * Can seamer, a machine used to seal a lid to a can body, such as in paint or food cans * Seam bowling, in cricket, refers to bowling with the main seam upright * Quarter seam …   Wikipedia

  • Seam — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar. [1913 Webster] Seamed o er with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — Тип Каркас web приложений Разработчик RedHat JBoss Написана на [1] ОС Кроссплатформенное программное обеспечение Версия 2.1.1.GA 22 декабря 2008 Лицензия …   Википедия

  • seam — [sēm] n. [ME seme < OE seam, akin to Ger saum < IE base * siw , * sū > SEW] 1. a) a joining of two pieces of material with a line of stitches b) the line of stitches [sew a fine seam] c) the material between the margin of each of the… …   English World dictionary

  • seam|y — «SEE mee», adjective, seam|i|er, seam|i|est. 1. having or showing a seam or seams: »the seamy side of a garment. 2. Figurative. least pleasant; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seam — Seam, v. i. To become ridgy; to crack open. [1913 Webster] Later their lips began to parch and seam. L. Wallace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seam|er — «SEE muhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that seams. 2. a kind of sewing machine for seaming fabrics together. 3. a machine for bending two pieces of sheet metal to unite them in a seam or joint. 4. Cricket. a seam bowler …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seam — (s[=e]m), n. [See {Saim}.] Grease; tallow; lard. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English