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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb weave:


The word weave is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun weave

What does weave mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: weaves

  1. pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: design / figure / pattern = a decorative or artistic work
    • more specific terms:
      • check = a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines
      • open weave = a weave in which warp threads never come together, leaving interstices in the fabric
      • taffeta weave / plain weave = a basic style of weave in which the weft and warp threads intertwine alternately to produce a checkerboard effect
      • satin weave = a weave in which the filling and warp threads intersect in such a way as to give a smooth compact surface with no distinguishable twill line
      • twill weave / twill = a weave used to produce the effect of parallel diagonal ribs
    • parts:
      • warp = yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
      • filling / pick / weft / woof = the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

Alternative definition of the noun weave


  1. ­A type or way of weaving.
  2. Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either in addition to or by covering the natural hair altogether.

Definition of the verb weave

What does weave mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. interlace by or as if by weaving
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of weave: interweave
    • antonym of weave: unweave
    • more generic words: distort / twine / twist = form into a spiral shape
    • more specific words:
      • plait = weave into plaits
      • inweave = weave together into a fabric or design
      • raddle / ruddle = twist or braid together, interlace
      • shoot = variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
      • tinsel = interweave with tinsel
      • pleach / braid = form or weave into a braid or braids
  2. create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
    • example: They weave the cape
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Martha carves
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor will build you a house for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved the baby a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]Martha carved the piece of wood into a toy
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood into a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Martha carves toys
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Asset]Martha will carve a toy out of a piece of wood for $50
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood for the baby
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] [Product]This wood carved beautiful toys

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): arrange, assemble, bake, blow, cast, chisel, churn, compile, cook, crochet, develop, embroider, erect, fashion, fold, forge, formulate, grind, grow, hack, hammer, knit, mold, pound, roll, sculpture, sew, spin, stitch, whittle.

    • domain: handicraft
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of weave: tissue
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific words:
      • net / web = construct or form a web, as if by weaving
      • loom = weave on a loom
      • brocade = weave a design into
      • lace = do lacework
      • braid / plait / lace = make by braiding or interlacing
      • twill = weave diagonal lines into
  3. sway from side to side
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of weave: waver
    • more generic words: sway / swing = move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
  4. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

Alternative definition of the verb weave


  1. To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
  2. To spin a cocoon or a web.
  3. To make or move by turning and twisting.
  4. To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.

Specialised definition of the verb weave

Glossary of sports / boxing

if a boxer weaves, he eludes punches by making twisting and turning movements (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. Weave is a musical group.
    • album: "Party on the Sideline"
  2. Weave a.k.a. Weave! is a musical group.
    • album: "Weave!"

There are other groups with in their name, like Big Daddy Weave.


  1. "Weave" is a musical EP of Laliya.
  2. "Weave" is a musical album of Queen Sarah Saturday.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  3. "Weave" a.k.a. "Weave!" is a musical EP of Weave!.


"Weave" is an Artwork.


  1. Weave: In the Forgotten Realms campaign setting of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Weave is the fundamental force of both arcane magic and divine magic, from which spellcasters draw their strength. It permeates the world, comparable to aether, the mystical substance.
  2. Weave: Weaving is a technique used in digital printing to reduce visual bands resulting from the proximity of adjacent print nozzles. Horizontal rows are printed out of order and "weaved" together with subsequent passes of the print head.

Phrases with Weave

  1. open weave
  2. plain weave
  3. satin weave
  4. twill weave
  5. basket weave
  6. taffeta weave

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Weave

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Google previewFabric Structure And Design (2004)

by N. Gokarneshan

Give the design, draft and peg plan for a warp backed fabric considering that the face weave is a 2/2 twill and the back weave is 3/1 twill. Assume that the ratio of face to back threads is 1 : 1. 2. Give the design, draft and peg plan for a warp ...

Google previewPlastics Materials and Processes (2003)

A Concise Encyclopedia by Charles A. Harper, Edward M. Petrie

weave The weave is the pattern in which a fabric is woven. There are standard...

Crowfoot weave is a three by one interlacing weave, that is, a filling thread floats over three warp thirds and then under one. This type of ...

Google previewA Field Guide to Fabric Design (2011)

Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel by Kim Kight

Plain weave is the most basic type.

TwiII weave refers to any of a number of variations in which each weft yarn travels over two or more warp yarns and then passes under the warp yarns.

Satin weave is a type in which either the warp or weft yarns are the “face,” floating over four or more of the opposite yarns before ...

Google previewThe Anatomy of Story (2008)

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

The scene weave is the sequence of these units. To be a great storyteller, you must create a weave that is like a fine...

The scene weave is an extremely valuable step in the writing process. Like the seven steps, character web, and revelations ...

Google previewConservation of Furniture (2003)

by Shayne Rivers, Nick Umney

Plain or tabby weave is the simplest structure. Each pick passes under alternate ends. Tapestry weave is a plain weft faced weave having weft threads of different colours worked over portions of the warp to form the design. The weft of the twill ...

Google previewHow to Fabricate Automotive Fiberglass & Carbon Fiber Parts (2012)

by Daniel Burrill, Jeffery Zurschmeide

A basket weave is a 2:2 (or 3:3) over and under matrix, where two parallel strands in each direction are woven over and under each other. If you create a...

Google previewSewing Techniques and Patterns (2007)

by Marie-Noëlle Bayard

The plain weave is the name given to a simple construction technique involving the interweaving of the warp and weft threads, regardless of what kind of thread is used: The ...

Google previewFiber Technology for Fiber-Reinforced Composites (2017)

by M. Ozgur Seydibeyoglu, Amar K. Mohanty, Manjusri Misra

Plain, twill and satin weaves are the basic types. The plain weave is the simplest and most commonly used woven fabric. Each warp is passing alternately under and over each weft. The fabric is symmetrical and has good structural integrity.

Google previewSignal Processing for Image Enhancement and Multimedia Processing (2007)

by Ernesto Damiani, Albert Dipanda, Kokou Yetongnon, Louis Legrand, Peter Schelkens, Richard Chbeir

Weave is the most common method in the temporal domain [3]. However, this method gives motion artifacts. There exist many edge direction based interpolation methods. The edge line average (ELA) algorithm was proposed to interpolate ...

Google previewA Dictionary of British Folklore, 2 (1898)

by George Laurence Gomme

Weave the Diaper Weave the diaper tick-a-tick tick, Weave the diaper tick ; Come this way, come that, As close as a mat,

about, And forwards and backwards and inside and out ; Weave the diaper thick-a-thick thick, Weave the diaper thick.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature (2015)

by Alan L. Berger

Broner–s Weave of Women, set in early 1970s Israel, presents a cycle of 15 women's intertwined lives that begins with a birth, follows forms ofdeath in the lives ofthe women, and comes full circle withthe ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Egyptian (2007)


*mh/hs "to weave", the ultimate ...

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Quotes about Weave

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. (Chief Seattle)
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Scrabble value of W4E1A1V4E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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