One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in weaving) the crosswise threads on a loom over and under which other threads (the warp) are passed to make cloth.
- ‘You also want to look at the weft to make sure it's stitched properly.’
- ‘The children's tiny fingers are perfect for manipulating the weft items through the warp strings.’
- ‘By varying the colours of the weft the weaver creates a pattern or figurative image, generally copied from a full-scale design known as the cartoon.’
- ‘Chinese hand-loom weavers often used strong machine-made yarn for the warp and home-spun for the weft, a practice typical of the early stages of industrialization.’
- ‘Aubusson tapestries are flat woven, the patterns carried by the weft rather than the pile.’
- ‘Linen was used for the warp and cotton for the weft.’
- ‘A tapestry is, by definition, a flat-woven cloth that uses discontinuous weft threads to create images.’
- ‘Other threads gradually interwove into the weft of her designs.’
- ‘Warp threads are those which run up and down the length of a piece of textile, weft threads are those that run across the weave at right angles to the warp.’
- ‘The pile is formed by knots, which are tied round the warp threads, and held in place by the weft, which is passed back and forth and beaten down securely.’
Old English weft(a), of Germanic origin; related to weave.
- variant spelling of waft (sense 2 of the noun)
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