Etymology
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seam (n.)

Middle English seme, from Old English  seam, "seam of a garment, suture, junction made by sewing together the edges of two pieces of cloth or two edges of the same piece," from Proto-Germanic *saumaz (source also of 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 bind, sew."

Chidynge and reproche ... vnsowen the semes of freendshipe in mannes herte. [Chaucer, "Parson's Tale," c. 1386]

In Middle English also "a gash or scar" (c. 1400). Meaning "raised band of stitching on a ball" is recorded from 1888. Geological sense of "thin strata between two wider ones" is from 1590s. Figurative phrase bursting at the seams, expressive of overfullness, is by 1962. Seam-squirrel "a louse" was old U.S. slang (1893).

seam (v.)

"join with a seam, sew the seam or seams of," 1580s, from seam (n.). Related: Seamed; seaming.

updated on March 20, 2022

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Definitions of seam from WordNet
1
seam (n.)
joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces;
seam (n.)
a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface;
Synonyms: wrinkle / furrow / crease / crinkle / line
seam (n.)
a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit;
Synonyms: bed
2
seam (v.)
put together with a seam;
seam a dress
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.