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seam

[seem] /sim/
noun
1.
the line formed by sewing together pieces of cloth, leather, or the like.
2.
the stitches used to make such a line.
3.
any line formed by abutting edges.
4.
any linear indentation or mark, as a wrinkle or scar.
5.
Knitting. a line of stitches formed by purling.
6.
Geology. a comparatively thin stratum; a bed, as of coal.
verb (used with object)
7.
to join with or as if with stitches; make the seam or seams of.
8.
to furrow; mark with wrinkles, scars, etc.
9.
Knitting. to knit with or in a seam.
verb (used without object)
10.
to become cracked, fissured, or furrowed.
11.
Knitting. to make a line of stitches by purling.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English seme (noun), Old English sēam; cognate with German Saum hem; akin to sew1, Greek hymḗn membrane (see hymen)
Related forms
seamer, noun
underseam, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for seamer

seam bowler

noun
1.
(cricket) a fast bowler who makes the ball bounce on its seam so that it will change direction
Derived Forms
seam bowling, noun

seamer

/ˈsiːmə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that seams
2.
another name for seam bowler

seam

/siːm/
noun
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 (sense 1b)
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.
(Northern English, dialect) in a good seam, doing well, esp financially
verb
9.
(transitive) 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
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse saumr, Old High German soum
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Word Origin and History for seamer

seam

n.

Old English seam "seam, suture, junction," from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (cf. Old Frisian sam "hem, seam," Old Norse saumr, Middle Dutch som, Dutch zoom, Old High German soum, German Saum "hem"), from PIE root *syu- "to sew, to bind" (cf. Old English siwian, Latin suere, Sanskrit 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 1590s.

v.

1580s, from seam (n.). Related: Seamed; seaming.

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seamer in Science
seam
  (sēm)   
A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
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