O.E. wefan "form by interlacing yarn" (class V strong verb; past tense wæf, pp. wefen), from P.Gmc. *webanan (cf. O.N. vefa, M.L.G., M.Du., Du. weven, O.H.G. weban, Ger. weben "to weave"), from PIE *webh-/*wobh- (cf. Skt. ubhnati "he laces together," Pers. baftan "to weave," Gk. hyphe "web"). Extended sense of "combine into a whole" is from 1380; meaning "go by twisting and turning" is first found 1596. Sense in boxing is from 1818. The noun meaning "method or pattern of weaving" is from 1888.