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[weft] /wɛft/
Textiles. filling (def 5).
a woven fabric or garment.
Origin of weft
before 900; Middle English, Old English; akin to weave
Related forms
underweft, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weft
  • Ikat is a type of weaving where the pattern emerges according to how the warp and weft threads are dyed.
  • Denim is customarily woven with fine white warp threads and somewhat heavier blue weft threads.
  • Not a straight forward reversing of satin weave because the weft yarns are more numerous and more closely set than the warp yarns.
  • The sleeve section was woven with a gauze technique that used additional weft threads to create a complex netlike structure.
  • The fabric is a sateen if it is weft faced meaning only the weft threads show.
British Dictionary definitions for weft


the yarn woven across the width of the fabric through the lengthwise warp yarn Also called filling, woof
Word Origin
Old English, related to Old Norse veptr; see weave
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Word Origin and History for weft

Old English weft, wefta, related to wefan "to weave," from Proto-Germanic *weftaz (see weave (v.)).

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