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.
- ‘Aubusson tapestries are flat woven, the patterns carried by the weft rather than the pile.’
- ‘The children's tiny fingers are perfect for manipulating the weft items through the warp strings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Linen was used for the warp and cotton for the weft.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You also want to look at the weft to make sure it's stitched properly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Old English weft(a), of Germanic origin; related to weave.
- variant spelling of waft (sense 2 of the noun)
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