A person who makes fabric by weaving fiber together is a weaver. Most weavers use a loom, a device that holds the threads tightly as they're being woven.

A craft weaver works by hand, weaving without a loom, but most weavers use either a hand loom or a power loom. This more mechanized type of loom was invented in the 1780s, and it made the work less physically taxing for weavers. The Proto-Indo-European root of weaver is also the source of the Sanskrit word ubhnati, "he laces together" and the Greek word hyphe, or "web."

Definitions of weaver
  1. noun
    an artisan who weaves cloth
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    type of:
    artificer, artisan, craftsman, journeyman
    a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
  2. noun
    finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
    synonyms: weaver finch, weaverbird
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    Ploceus philippinus, baya
    common Indian weaverbird
    whidah, whydah, widow bird
    mostly black African weaverbird
    Java finch, Java sparrow, Padda oryzivora, ricebird
    small finch-like Indonesian weaverbird that frequents rice fields
    amadavat, avadavat
    red Asian weaverbirds often kept as cage birds
    grass finch, grassfinch
    usually brightly-colored Australian weaverbirds; often kept as cage birds
    Poephila castanotis, zebra finch
    small Australian weaverbird with markings like a zebra's
    type of:
    oscine, oscine bird
    passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
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