Meaning of WEAVE in English


I. ˈwēv verb

( wove ˈwōv ; or weaved ; wo·ven ˈwō-vən ; or weaved ; weav·ing )

Etymology: Middle English weven, from Old English wefan; akin to Old High German weban to weave, Greek hyphainein to weave, hyphos web

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to form (cloth) by interlacing strands (as of yarn) ; specifically : to make (cloth) on a loom by interlacing warp and filling threads

b. : to interlace (as threads) into cloth

c. : to make (as a basket) by intertwining

2. : spin 2 — used of spiders and insects

3. : to interlace especially to form a texture, fabric, or design


a. : to produce by elaborately combining elements : contrive

b. : to unite in a coherent whole

c. : to introduce as an appropriate element : work in — usually used with in or into

5. : to direct (as the body) in a winding or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

intransitive verb

1. : to work at weaving : make cloth

2. : to move in a devious, winding, or zigzag course especially to avoid obstacles

II. noun

Date: 1581

1. : something woven ; especially : woven cloth

2. : any of the patterns or methods for interlacing the threads of woven fabrics

III. intransitive verb

( weaved ; weav·ing )

Etymology: Middle English weven to move to and fro, wave; akin to Old Norse veifa to be in movement — more at wipe

Date: 1596

: to move waveringly from side to side : sway

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.