|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]|
"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.
|seam (sēm) Pronunciation Key
A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.