Definition of weft in English:



  • [in singular] (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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other threads gradually interwove into the weft of her designs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children's tiny fingers are perfect for manipulating the weft items through the warp strings.’
    • ‘A tapestry is, by definition, a flat-woven cloth that uses discontinuous weft threads to create images.’
    • ‘Linen was used for the warp and cotton for the weft.’
    • ‘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.’


Old English weft(a), of Germanic origin; related to weave.