Seam (?), n. [See Saim.]

Grease; tallow; lard.

[Obs. or prov. Eng.]

Shak. Dryden.


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Seam, n. [OE. seem, seam, AS. se�xa0;m; akin to D. zoom, OHG. soum, G. saum, LG. soom, Icel. saumr, Sw. & Dan. som, and E. sew. &root; 156. See Sew to fasten with thread.]


The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather.


Hence, a line of junction; a joint; a suture, as on a ship, a floor, or other structure; the line of union, or joint, of two boards, planks, metal plates, etc.

Precepts should be so finely wrought together . . . that no coarse seam may discover where they join. Addison.

3. geol. & Mining

A thin layer or stratum; a narrow vein between two thicker strata; as, a seam of coal.


A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.

Seam blast, a blast by putting the powder into seams or cracks of rocks. -- Seam lace, a lace used by carriage makers to cover seams and edges; -- called also seaming lace. -- Seam presser. Agric. (a) A heavy roller to press down newly plowed furrows. (b) A tailor's sadiron for pressing seams. Knight. -- Seam set, a set for flattering the seams of metal sheets, leather work, etc.


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Seam, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seamed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Seaming.]


To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite.


To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar.

Seamed o'r with wounds which his own saber gave. Pope.


To make the appearance of a seam in, as in knitting a stocking; hence, to knit with a certain stitch, like that in such knitting.


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Seam, v. i.

To become ridgy; to crack open.

Later their lips began to parch and seam. L. Wallace.


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Seam, n. [AS. se�xa0;m, LL. sauma, L. sagma a packsaddle, fr. Gr. . See Sumpter.]

A denomination of weight or measure.

Specifically: (a)

The quantity of eight bushels of grain.

"A seam of oats." P. Plowman. (b)

The quantity of 120 pounds of glass

. [Eng.]


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