Main definitions of weave in English

: weave1weave2

weave1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Form (fabric or a fabric item) by interlacing long threads passing in one direction with others at a right angle to them.

    ‘textiles woven from linen or wool’
    ‘cotton spinning and weaving was done in mills’
    ‘woven shawls’
    • ‘A roughly woven cloth was wrapped around his narrow hips and was barely long enough to keep him decent.’
    • ‘Cloth is woven from wild silk and from locally grown cotton.’
    • ‘Women habitually baked bread, churned butter, brewed beer, sewed clothes, knitted stockings, spun yarn, and even sometimes milled flour and wove cloth.’
    • ‘No one weaves their own cloth these days either, do they?’
    • ‘The other main form of visual art is silk and cotton woven cloth with elaborate and subtle patterns and colors.’
    • ‘Two of the most prestigious silk cloths are also woven on looms fitted with a flying shuttle.’
    • ‘In 1782, Watt developed a rotary engine that could turn a shaft and drive machinery to power the machines to spin and weave cotton cloth.’
    • ‘When woollen cloth was woven on a handloom the nap had to be combed in order to raise it.’
    • ‘A machine for weaving cloth, programmed by a punched card, had already been perfected by the end of the 18th century by Jacquard, whose name is now a dictionary word.’
    • ‘I was given a sewing machine so I could make my own clothes and I was given a small loom so I used to weave cloth, I was that sort of child.’
    • ‘Both houses had hearths and ovens, and one had an upright loom for weaving cloth.’
    • ‘In the cotton industry, for example, most firms either spun yarn or wove cloth, which was in turn sent to an independent dyer and finisher.’
    • ‘Every young girl was supposed to be able to weave cloth and do elaborate embroidery.’
    • ‘Where privacy is a concern, invest in lighter curtain fabrics such as lightly woven linens or cottons that have a high degree of translucence.’
    • ‘The tapestry is woven in wool on linen warps and contains details in silk, gold and silver.’
    • ‘Craftspeople spin cotton fabrics and weave strips of cloth that are sewn together to make durable garments.’
    • ‘Call me lazy, but I don't really want to grow my own cotton, spin my own thread, weave my own cloth, and sew a shirt out of it.’
    • ‘Villagers then filtered out the sediment by pouring the water through tightly woven cloth.’
    • ‘In 1851, George Hemshall received the Prince Albert Medal for weaving a seamless linen shirt.’
    • ‘Wear shirts made from tightly woven cloth, like long-sleeved cotton T-shirts.’
    entwine, lace, work, twist, knit, interlace, intertwine, interwork, intertwist, interknit, twist together, criss-cross, braid, twine, plait
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    1. 1.1 Interlace (threads) so as to form fabric.
      ‘some thick mohairs can be difficult to weave’
      • ‘The cloth was very strange; it was like moss and leaves that had been somehow woven together.’
      • ‘It is an inexpensive fiber from an East Asian plant and can be spun or woven into a fabric.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the only source of material for clothing is human hair, which can be woven into clothing.’
      • ‘If you spin or weave you often have other interests such as looking after sheep or giving lessons.’
      • ‘She stood frozen, gazing at the sheer beauty of the dress, each thread intricately woven to create perfection.’
  • 2Make (a complex story or pattern) from a number of interconnected elements.

    ‘he weaves colourful, cinematic plots’
    • ‘The story has been woven from actual incidents.’
    • ‘In her new novel, she weaves a complex tale full of unexpected plot twists and turns.’
    • ‘These individuals have vivid imaginations, love to weave stories and tales, and are prone to exaggeration.’
    • ‘In many ways, it is the pivot on which J.K. Rowling's entire tale revolves; the fabric from which the next tale will be woven.’
    • ‘That story is being woven by international tellers.’
    • ‘In a neatly woven narrative, he recounts the time he spent with young men for whom making it as rappers is the most likely, perhaps the only escape from an existence with virtually nil prospects.’
    • ‘She has woven a complex narrative of hope and danger in the city that was destined to be the beacon of the New South.’
    • ‘It is a novel woven with complex images of politics, leaders, freedom fighters and their lives.’
    • ‘She weaves a fantastic visual tale of her surroundings that she constantly interacts with.’
    • ‘It will come in handy later in the movie when we begin to wonder just exactly where the real person fits into the complex story woven around her.’
    • ‘Ryan has also made a film called Against the Ropes - a fictional tale woven around the true story of female boxing promoter Jackie Kallen.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the script has been woven from true stories of women interviewed by Naomi.’
    • ‘From this offbeat narrative experiment, Greendale weaves a story of good, simple townsfolk under assault from authoritarian governments, corporations, media and so on.’
    • ‘The reason for this, I think, is that Mitchell simply manages to weave such a compelling story.’
    invent, make up, fabricate, put together, construct, create, contrive, spin
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    1. 2.1weave something into Include an element in (such a story or pattern)
      ‘interpretative comments are woven into the narrative’
      • ‘As such it entertains and titillates, yet unexpectedly moves to deeper levels through a series of related myths mysteriously woven into the story.’
      • ‘I wove the Cinderella Fairy Tale into this story so you'll be seeing quite a few things from that fairy tale altered to fit my story.’
      • ‘By weaving her cultural heritage into the fabric of her music, Shakira has introduced her audience to a new world - one she is proud of as it defines who she is.’
      • ‘So I try to explain how those elements can be woven in a different way into a script.’
      • ‘He is often seen as a painter of delicate interiors, but look again, says Sarah Whitfield, and the tension of his domestic life is woven into the dense patterns of his paintings.’
      • ‘Still, there is something he wrote recently and that I am compelled to disagree with that must be woven into my story here.’
      • ‘Somehow throughout my childhood I have taken on this simple traditional superstition, accepted it and have woven it into the workings of my own life.’
      • ‘And this has been woven into the larger story, of the malevolent sea, which cannot be trusted at all at the moment.’
      • ‘Yet another strand that is woven into the story is the way women have been treated by their men through generations.’
      • ‘‘There are elements of truth woven into this,’ he says, reassuringly.’
      • ‘From songs neatly woven into the story's fabric to the dances that are performed with athletic ferocity, Minnelli's name is stamped all over it.’
      • ‘This is woven into the story as two girls gesturing in sign language relate the fate of a young woman, who in their version waits in vain for her boyfriend to return and ends up working as a dancer.’

noun

  • 1usually with adjective A particular style or manner in which something is woven.

    ‘cloth of a very fine weave’
    • ‘If the basket has an open weave at the upper edge, a ribbon or fabric tie can be woven through the wicker.’
    • ‘History does not record stitched garments till a fairly late date but garments made from fine cloth, with intricate weaves and designs, were very much part of ancient India.’
    • ‘There are roses, leopards and paisleys, reds, golds and indigos, fine weaves and coarse weaves.’
    • ‘Traditional basketry involves great care and pride, the weaver showcasing his skill through intricate weaves, designs, and colours.’
    • ‘Moya's book is a masterful weave of empirical study and analytical insights.’
    • ‘Beneath it lay more men's clothes, including linen tunics of fine weave and workmanship.’
    • ‘The trailing veil brushed an ember, the material curling and shrinking as orange sparks raced up its fine weave.’
    • ‘Look for wool or acrylic knit hats with a tight, thick weave.’
    • ‘It can be a delicate weave or one that is more basic, heavy, or plain.’
    • ‘Brocade is a jacquard weave with an embossed effect and contrasting surfaces.’
    • ‘Many different patterns are possible, producing different kinds of textile and styles of weave.’
    • ‘Now, though all the traditional weaves, styles and colour are there, we have to take them forward.’
    • ‘We have tried to create textures that would give a look of the beautiful weave used in Central Asian carpets.’
    • ‘There were different weaves in jute and blends of jute with cotton and silk.’
    • ‘To minimize staining and wear and tear, Carmichael chooses cottons with a tight weave and a pattern.’
    • ‘It appeared to have one more cloth under the heavier top cloth of thick high-quality fine weave, but was smooth and slippery like silk.’
    • ‘The screen was woollen, an open weave to let the sound through from behind, with darned patches, brighter than the yellowed screen.’
    • ‘It is in that episode that the larger implications of Schreiner's intricate weave of fiction and autobiography become apparent.’
    • ‘Spaces recurring at regular intervals but shifting to the right on each subsequent line create an intricate, jacquardlike weave.’
    • ‘Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly is a glorious film, beautifully photographed against the Australian landscape, a brilliant weave of fact and fantasy.’
  • 2A hairstyle created by weaving pieces of real or artificial hair into a person's existing hair, typically in order to increase its length or thickness.

    ‘trailers show him with dyed blond hair and, in one scene, a flowing blond weave’
    • ‘Who has the patience to get a weave?’
    • ‘I'd be disappointed too if I had a weave that blatantly fake.’
    • ‘When the hairstylists showed up to do all the girls' hair they removed her weave and left her hair in this afro-ish, puffy look.’
    • ‘To avoid a weave that looks like a wig, take care not to add too much hair.’
    • ‘Well, I don't have a weave.’
    • ‘Her blonde weave, plucked and meticulously painted eyebrows, bandana, kitschy makeup, and attitude exude hip-hop's aesthetic.’
    • ‘It's not just black women who love to wear a weave.’
    • ‘You can have any color with a weave.’
    • ‘Put a bad weave on me, slap me in some bedazzled panties that are three sizes too small, and I could probably wander around and forget how to lip-sync, too.’
    • ‘Don't weigh down a weave with heavy products like gels or moisturizing lotions, or by adding too much hair.’

Origin

Old English wefan, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek huphē ‘web’ and Sanskrit ūrṇavābhi ‘spider’, literally ‘wool-weaver’. The current noun sense dates from the late 19th century.

Pronunciation

weave

/wiːv/

Main definitions of weave in English

: weave1weave2

weave2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Twist and turn from side to side while moving somewhere in order to avoid obstructions.

    ‘he had to weave his way through the crowds’
    • ‘Witnesses described how the two men were driving ‘like madmen’, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting in front of buses, and speeding around roundabouts.’
    • ‘After weaving between a few trees, the vehicle climbs a subtle dune and stops.’
    • ‘We weaved back and forth across the road to avoid the largest of the potholes, dodging trucks and motorbikes and cows along the way.’
    • ‘Butler was weaving through the traffic, trying to get as close as possible.’
    • ‘While the convoy weaved its way through the narrow streets of a small town, an improvised explosive devise exploded.’
    • ‘During this he drove through red traffic lights, forced other vehicles to brake to avoid collisions, weaved in and out of traffic, and reached 85 mph.’
    • ‘Horns blare as cars weave to avoid horse-drawn carts.’
    • ‘She waved at him over her shoulder before they followed the young man through the streets, desperately trying not to lose sight of him while weaving in and out of the rowdy crowd.’
    • ‘Several witnesses observed a driver in a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier speeding and weaving in and out of traffic while northbound on PR 216.’
    • ‘Then Mary started to throw things and he had to duck and weave to avoid the homemade missiles.’
    • ‘The girl weaved through the throng of people to stumble into the nearest tent.’
    • ‘His car rumbled through dense vegetation and weaved back and forth to avoid trees.’
    • ‘They started down the crowded hallway, weaving around slower moving crowds.’
    • ‘On the night of the rally, we walked with the crowd for nearly an hour, bobbing and weaving to avoid the umbrellas.’
    • ‘She carefully weaved her way through the crowd of students making for the exit.’
    • ‘The four weaved through the trees, heading for the western edge of the forest.’
    • ‘I wondered about a lot of things as I weaved through the few remaining cars to mine.’
    • ‘Everyone is weaving all over the road to avoid the deep holes.’
    • ‘She sighed and looked over at him before weaving back through the trees.’
    • ‘The cabbie often harbours the misconception that he is a racing driver and your heart will be in your mouth as you see him weave and twist in the traffic.’
    • ‘Fast-paced dance music was playing, and people were either dancing like crazy, making out or weaving through the crowds looking for their dates.’
    • ‘She easily weaved around the few cars which were on the road.’
    • ‘Cars swerved this way and that to avoid them as they weaved in and around the traffic.’
    thread, thread one's way, wind, wind one's way, work, work one's way, dodge, move in and out, swerve, zigzag, criss-cross
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    1. 1.1 Take evasive action in an aircraft, typically by moving it from side to side.
      • ‘If you miss him coming in, you can shoot him as he recovers from his attack if you keep weaving.’
      • ‘RAF planes which return to Britain to refuel take off again and weave through the flak above Dieppe ‘pasting enemy airfields.’’
      • ‘Ducking, spinning, banking and weaving, they were putting up a splendid bulletless dogfight.’
      • ‘Gritting his teeth and squinting with determination he pursued the enemy fighter that weaved in and out of his sights but he stayed with it.’
      • ‘We just put the nose down and went weaving and skidding in a dive, passing over the breakwater of Cherbourg at about 400 feet.’
      • ‘The orange and white striped jet fighters would weave in and out of formations with skill akin to that of ballet dancers.’
      • ‘Radar controls fired their guns, and if we didn't turn constantly, weaving about, we'd be shot down within a minute or less.’
      • ‘As we weaved through the screen of helicopter gunships on our final approach, I turned to Adrian, smiling the smile of a very happy man, and couldn't believe what I saw.’
      • ‘Fighters were weaving in and out, some exploding in tiny flashes of light.’
      • ‘As I attack, I weave from side to side, occasionally looping around the gunship I'm currently firing at.’
      • ‘The fighters weave around one another in an impressive display of aerodynamic acrobatics in space.’
      • ‘Max was in a dogfight, he saw, weaving around a rapidly moving enemy.’
    2. 1.2 (of a horse) repeatedly swing the head and forepart of the body from side to side (considered to be a vice).
      • ‘Of course she used to pace up and down the paddocks when she was turned out, too, but she didn't weave in the field.’
      • ‘When a horse weaves he is basically walking in place, swaying his front and neck from side to side repetitively.’
      • ‘Special grilles can be put over the stable door to restrict the movement of the head and neck when the horse is standing with his head over the stable door, but some horses weave inside the stable.’

Phrases

  • get weaving

    • informal Set briskly to work; begin action.

      • ‘Those No 10 briefing boys who were barely out of nappies in 1977 have begun to get their breath back and get weaving.’
      • ‘Marcus pursed his lips, then nodded himself: ‘Well, the sooner we get weaving, the better.’’
      • ‘Speaking of getting weaving, the next batch of birds has been ordered.’
      • ‘Plus, I really want to get weaving on my Van Gogh piece but I promised myself I would sample the various permutations prior to starting.’
      • ‘Her government's standard of sleaze, corruption and lying were soon to pale into insignificance, when their successors got weaving.’
      • ‘Barbara Smith, who runs a local taxi firm, felt it was time someone got weaving and organised a class herself.’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably from Old Norse veifa ‘to wave, brandish’.

Pronunciation

weave

/wiːv/