weave

Weaving involves lacing strips of fabric, string, or some other material together to make something. You can weave wool to make a rug, or weave the details of a story together to make a great book.

While weave originally only meant to make cloth by interlacing material, it later came to also mean more generally “combine into a whole.” Think of a spider and how it weaves its web, or of how some songs expertly weave in unexpected elements, like the sound of a siren or the waves crashing. You can also use weave to describe a swaying motion, like that of a car darting through traffic when it’s trying to move ahead.

Definitions of weave
  1. noun
    pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric
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    check
    a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)
    open weave
    a weave in which warp threads never come together, leaving interstices in the fabric
    plain weave, taffeta 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, twill weave
    a weave used to produce the effect of parallel diagonal ribs
    dog's-tooth check, dogs-tooth check, dogstooth check, hound's-tooth check, houndstooth check
    textile with a pattern of small broken or jagged checks
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    design, figure, pattern
    a decorative or artistic work
  2. verb
    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
    synonyms: tissue
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    net, web
    construct or form a web, as if by weaving
    loom
    weave on a loom
    brocade
    weave a design into (textiles)
    lace
    do lacework
    braid, lace, plait
    make by braiding or interlacing
    twill
    weave diagonal lines into (textiles)
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    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    make from scratch
  3. verb
    interlace by or as if by weaving
    synonyms: interweave
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    unweave
    undo strands that have been woven together
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    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
    braid, pleach
    form or weave into a braid or braids
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    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  4. verb
    move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    synonyms: meander, thread, wander, wind
    wander
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
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    snake
    move along a winding path
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  5. verb
    sway to and fro
    synonyms: waver
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    sway, swing
    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
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