the line formed by sewing together pieces of cloth, leather, or the like.
the stitches used to make such a line.
any line formed by abutting edges.
any linear indentation or mark, as a wrinkle or scar.
Knitting. a line of stitches formed by purling.
Geology. a comparatively thin stratum; a bed, as of coal.
verb (used with object)
to join with or as if with stitches; make the seam or seams of.
to furrow; mark with wrinkles, scars, etc.
Knitting. to knit with or in a seam.
verb (used without object)
to become cracked, fissured, or furrowed.
Knitting. to make a line of stitches by purling.

before 1000; Middle English seme (noun), Old English sēam; cognate with German Saum hem; akin to sew1, Greek hymḗn membrane (see hymen)

seamer, noun
underseam, noun Unabridged
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seam (siːm)
1.  the line along which pieces of fabric are joined, esp by stitching
2.  a ridge or line made by joining two edges
3.  a stratum of coal, ore, etc
4.  a linear indentation, such as a wrinkle or scar
5.  surgery another name for suture
6.  (modifier) cricket of or relating to a style of bowling in which the bowler utilizes the stitched seam round the ball in order to make it swing in flight and after touching the ground: a seam bowler
7.  bursting at the seams full to overflowing
8.  dialect (Northern English) in a good seam doing well, esp financially
9.  (tr) to join or sew together by or as if by a seam
10.  (US) to make ridges in (knitting) using purl stitch
11.  to mark or become marked with or as if with a seam or wrinkle
[Old English; related to Old Norse saumr, Old High German soum]

seam bowler or seamer
cricket a fast bowler who makes the ball bounce on its seam so that it will change direction
seamer or seamer
seam bowling or seamer

seamer (ˈsiːmə)
1.  a person or thing that seams
2.  another name for seam bowler

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Word Origin & History

O.E. seam, from P.Gmc. *saumaz (cf. O.N. saumr, O.H.G. soum, Ger. Saum), from PIE base *siw-/*sju- "to sew" (cf. O.E. siwian, L. suere, Skt. syuman; see sew).
"Chidynge and reproche vnsowen the semes of freendshipe in mannes herte." [Chaucer, "Parson's Tale," c.1386]
Meaning "raised band of stitching on a ball" is recorded from 1888. Geological use is from 1592. Seamless in fig. sense of "whole, integrated" is attested from 1862.
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seam   (sēm)  Pronunciation Key 
A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
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