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Dictionary Definition



1 joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
2 a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles" [syn: wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, line]
3 a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; "he worked in the coal beds" [syn: bed] v : put together with a seam; "seam a dress"

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. A folded back and stitched piece of fabric.
  2. A suture.
  3. A thin stratum, especially of coal or mineral.
  4. The stitched equatorial seam of a cricket ball; the sideways movement of a ball when it bounces on the seam.
  5. An old English measure of grain, containing eight bushels.
  6. An old English measure of glass, containing twenty-four weys of five pounds, or 120 pounds.
    • 1952: As white glass was 6s. the 'seam', containing 24 'weys' (pise, or pondera) of 5 lb., and 2 1/2 lb. was reckoned sufficient to make one foot of glazing, the cost of glass would be 1 1/2d. leaving 2 1/2d. for labour. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 175.


folded back and stitched piece of fabric
thin stratum of mineral
stitched seam of a cricket ball
measure of grain
measure of glass

Derived terms


  1. To put together with a seam.
  2. To mark with a seam.
  3. To crack open along a seam.
  4. Of the ball, to move sideways after bouncing on the seam.
  5. Of a bowler, to make the ball move thus.

Extensive Definition

Seam may refer to:
  • Seam (band), an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois
  • Can seamer, a machine used to seal a lid to a can body, such as in paint or food cans
  • Seam bowling, in cricket, refers to bowling with the main seam upright
  • Quarter seam, a thread on the surface of a cricket ball
  • In sewing, a seam is the line where two or more layers of fabric are held together by stitching
  • JBoss Seam, a Java application framework by JBoss
  • Sun Enterprise Authentication Mechanism, an implementation of Kerberos protocol for the Solaris operating system
  • Seam (geology), a stratum of coal or mineral that is economically viable; a bed or a distinct layer of vein of rock in other layers of rock
  • Seam (metallurgy), a longitudinal surface defect in a rought product

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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