Definition of seam noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//siːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːm//
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  1. 1a line along which two edges of cloth, etc. are joined or sewn together a shoulder seam Wordfinderbaste, bind, embroidery, hem, lining, seam, sew, stitch, tack, thread
  2. 2a thin layer of coal or other material, between layers of rock under the ground They struck a rich seam of iron ore. (figurative) The book is a rich seam of information.
  3. 3a line where two edges meet, for example the edges of wooden boards Light was spilling in through the seams of the door.
  4. Word OriginOld English sēam, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zoom and German Saum.Extra examples She sewed the seam with small neat stitches. The festival exploits a rich seam of talent in the local area. The film is bursting at the seams with good performances. Their marriage was coming apart at the seams. They’re still mining a rich seam of high-grade coal. This city is bursting at the seams with would-be actors. Finish the edges before sewing the shoulder seam. I only had the shoes for a month before they started to fall apart at the seams.Idioms
    be bursting/bulging at the seams
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    (informal) to be very full, especially of people
    be falling/coming apart at the seams
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    (informal) to be going very badly wrong and likely to stop functioning completely She was falling apart at the seams, spending most of her time in tears. His little world fell apart at the seams.
    fray at/around the edges/seams
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    to start to come apart or to fail Support for the leader was fraying at the edges.
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