Definition of weaver in English:



  • 1A person who weaves fabric.

    • ‘Those who make their living as blacksmiths, weavers, potters, or musicians are looked upon with some disfavor and suspicion.’
    • ‘Silver wire was used by embroiderers, lace-makers and weavers for embellishing high-quality fabrics.’
    • ‘The largest group were Huguenots, many of them silk weavers, silversmiths, and furniture makers.’
    • ‘Calling all Bolton ex-mill workers, carders, spinners, winders and weavers… someone wants to hear your story.’
    • ‘On the whole, it is an earnest attempt to preserve traditional crafts from extinction and to help skilled craftsmen and weavers, who are living in penury.’
    • ‘Armed with the strongest and finest cotton thread in the world, Bolton's weavers were able to produce the finest cotton material in the world.’
    • ‘It had two butchers, two coopers, two weavers, a shoemaker, blacksmith, a cornmill, a pound, a lime kiln and, of course, a pub.’
    • ‘Different streets were allotted for different professions such as potters, weavers, dyers, jewellers, and bakers.’
    • ‘In the early 1800s, the French weaver Joseph Jacquard invented a loom in which a series of punched cards controlled the patterns of cloth and carpet produced.’
    • ‘Well, each one of them is not only a piece of art but represents magic created on wild silk by traditional weavers.’
    • ‘He lists the names of dyers, weavers, and embroiderers where possible.’
    • ‘This was not the case in parts of Ulster, where a substantial proportion of linen weavers were not independent producers but wage-workers.’
    • ‘This led to an enormous leap in productivity especially among tool makers, weavers and metal workers.’
    • ‘He can trace his ancestors in this area back to 1650, a long line of shepherds, coopers, weavers and the occasional collier.’
    • ‘Almost everyone employed the carpenter's skill in some way, from fishermen and weavers to shoe-makers.’
    • ‘Women are expert weavers and dyers and make their own cloth.’
    • ‘In Kanchipuram, a centre of silk weaving, male weavers alone were recognised by the government cooperatives.’
    • ‘We set out for the neighbouring village of Kethan, where simple weavers wove the delicate fabric of cotton and silk embroidered with gold and silver.’
    • ‘The library has recently acquired a weaver's pattern book printed in the seventeenth century described by the textile historian Patricia Hilts as the earliest known example of its genre.’
    • ‘People usually specialized in a particular trade, barrel makers, wheelwrights, weavers and so forth.’
  • 2A finchlike songbird of tropical Africa and Asia, related to the sparrows and building elaborately woven nests.

    • ‘The weavers' primary reptilian enemies are the boomslang and the Cape cobra.’
    • ‘During three days in the park, we saw everything from lions, rhinos, and giraffes to herds of impalas and flocks of weaver birds, so named because they weave nests that hang pendant-like from trees.’
    • ‘It is also beautiful and tranquil and I have seen kingfishers there as well as hundreds of weavers.’
    • ‘All the animals had gathered there - giraffes, hippos, antelope, buffalo, warthogs, zebras, aardvarks, hyenas, mongooses, storks and weaver birds.’
    • ‘A weaver bird uses its own body as a template as it builds the hemispherical egg chamber of its nest.’
    • ‘The weaver will feed the cuckoo's chick together with her own two chicks.’
    • ‘The sociable weaver is endemic to southern Africa, with its core distribution being in the Northern Cape and Namibia.’
    • ‘Well they're in the trees in our street… All the usual ones - sunbirds, weavers, orioles and so on.’
    • ‘To burn those extra calories, a colony of 150 weavers with no nest would have to catch and eat 4,500 more insects each day.’