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(Seam) n. [See Saim.] Grease; tallow; lard. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Shak. Dryden.
(Seam), n. [OE. seem, seam, AS. seám; akin to D. zoom, OHG. soum, G. saum, LG. soom,
Icel. saumr, Sw. & Dan. söm, and E. sew. &radic 156. See Sew to fasten with thread.]
1. The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or leather.
2. 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
4. A line or depression left by a cut or wound; a scar; a cicatrix.
Seam blast, a blast made 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.
(Seam), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seamed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Seaming.]
1. To form a seam upon or of; to join by sewing together; to unite.
2. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar.
Seamed o'er with wounds which his own saber gave.Pope.
3. 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.
(Seam), v. i. To become ridgy; to crack open.
Later their lips began to parch and seam.L. Wallace.
(Seam), n. [AS. seám, 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.]
1. The mermaid.
2. A sea nymph.
(Sea"-mail`) n. [Sea + (perhaps) Mall Mally, for Mary; hence, Prov. E. mally a hare.] (Zoöl.)
A gull; the mew.
(Sea"man) n.; pl. Seamen A merman; the male of the mermaid. [R.] "Not to mention mermaids
or seamen." Locke.
(Sea"man) n.; pl. Seamen [AS. sæman.] One whose occupation is to assist in the management
of ships at sea; a mariner; a sailor; applied both to officers and common mariners, but especially to the
latter. Opposed to landman, or landsman.