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weave

[weev] /wiv/
verb (used with object), wove or especially for 5, weaved; woven or wove; weaving.
1.
to interlace (threads, yarns, strips, fibrous material, etc.) so as to form a fabric or material.
2.
to form by interlacing threads, yarns, strands, or strips of some material:
to weave a basket; to weave cloth.
3.
to form by combining various elements or details into a connected whole:
to weave a tale; to weave a plan.
4.
to introduce as an element or detail into a connected whole (usually followed by in or into):
She wove an old folk melody into her latest musical composition.
5.
to direct or move along in a winding or zigzag course; move from side to side, especially to avoid obstructions:
to weave one's way through traffic.
verb (used without object), wove or especially for 9, weaved; woven or wove; weaving.
6.
to form or construct something, as fabric, by interlacing threads, yarns, strips, etc.
7.
to compose a connected whole by combining various elements or details.
8.
to be or become formed or composed from the interlacing of materials or the combining of various elements:
The yarn wove into a beautiful fabric.
9.
to move or proceed in a winding course or from side to side:
dancers weaving in time to the music.
noun
10.
a pattern of or method for interlacing yarns.
11.
hairweave (defs 1, 2).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English weven, Old English wefan; cognate with German weben, Old Norse vefa; see web
Related forms
outweave, verb (used with object), outwove, outwoven or outwove, outweaving.
reweave, verb, rewove, rewoven or rewove, reweaving.
Synonyms
3. contrive, fabricate, construct, compose. 4. insert, intermix, intermingle.
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  • Then weave those stories into your interview answers.
  • But there are people who manage to weave their way between the two levels of discourse with no loss of integrity.
  • Visit the town's carpet factory to watch workers while they weave the carpets.
  • And after dark, the constellations weave a starry canopy.
  • They weave in and out of traffic, often leaving drivers in a fist-shaking rage.
  • Simonov provides exemplary answers to the questions that weave through the book.
  • Four days isn't a lot of time to weave an entire fantasy world of whole cloth.
British Dictionary definitions for weave

weave

/wiːv/
verb weaves, weaving, wove, weaved, woven, weaved
1.
to form (a fabric) by interlacing (yarn, etc), esp on a loom
2.
(transitive) to make or construct by such a process: to weave a shawl
3.
(transitive) to make or construct (an artefact, such as a basket) by interlacing (a pliable material, such as cane)
4.
(of a spider) to make (a web)
5.
(transitive) to construct by combining separate elements into a whole
6.
(transitive; often foll by in, into, through, etc) to introduce: to weave factual details into a fiction
7.
to create (a way, etc) by moving from side to side: to weave through a crowd
8.
(intransitive) (lbsubjfld) (of a stabled horse) to swing the head, neck, and body backwards and forwards
9.
(informal) get weaving, to hurry; start to do something
noun
10.
the method or pattern of weaving or the structure of a woven fabric
Derived Forms
weaving, noun
Word Origin
Old English wefan; related to Old High German weban, Old Norse vefa, Greek hyphos, Sanskrit vābhis; compare web, weevil, wasp
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Word Origin and History for weave
v.

Old English wefan "form by interlacing yarn" (class V strong verb; past tense wæf, past participle wefen), from Proto-Germanic *weban (cf. Old Norse vefa, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch weven, Old High German weban, German weben "to weave"), from PIE *webh- "to weave;" also "to move quickly" (cf. Sanskrit ubhnati "he laces together," Persian baftan "to weave," Greek hyphe, hyphos "web," Old English webb "web").

Extended sense of "combine into a whole" is from late 14c.; meaning "go by twisting and turning" is first found 1590s. Sense in boxing is from 1818. Related: Wove; weaved; weaving.

n.

"method or pattern of weaving," 1888, from weave (v.).

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