seam

   a traditional unit of volume. A seam of grain was 8 bushels: this would be equivalent to 290.95 liters based on the British Imperial bushel, or 281.91 liters based on the older U.S bushel. Take your pick. The Anglo-Saxon word "seam" meant the load of a pack animal. (The same word also came to mean the stitching of the packsaddle, and that's the origin of our other uses of the word today.) We don't know how large the seam was in Saxon times, but it was equal to 8 bushels at least by the end of the thirteenth century. The seam continued in use to the early nineteenth century, but in later years it was more often called a quarter5. The unit was sometimes called the soam.

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  • Seam — Seam, n. [OE. seem, seam, AS. se[ a]m; akin to D. zoom, OHG. soum, G. saum, LG. soom, Icel. saumr, Sw. & Dan. s[ o]m, and E. sew. [root] 156. See {Sew} to fasten with thread.] 1. The fold or line formed by sewing together two pieces of cloth or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — may refer to:* Seam (band), an indie rock band from Chicago, Illinois * Can seamer, a machine used to seal a lid to a can body, such as in paint or food cans * Seam bowling, in cricket, refers to bowling with the main seam upright * Quarter seam …   Wikipedia

  • Seam — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark with something resembling a seam; to line; to scar. [1913 Webster] Seamed o er with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — Тип Каркас web приложений Разработчик RedHat JBoss Написана на [1] ОС Кроссплатформенное программное обеспечение Версия 2.1.1.GA 22 декабря 2008 Лицензия …   Википедия

  • seam — [si:m] n [: Old English;] 1.) a line where two pieces of cloth, leather etc have been stitched together ▪ She was repairing Billy s trousers, where the seam had come undone. ▪ Join the shoulder seams together. 2.) a layer of a mineral under the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seam — [sēm] n. [ME seme < OE seam, akin to Ger saum < IE base * siw , * sū > SEW] 1. a) a joining of two pieces of material with a line of stitches b) the line of stitches [sew a fine seam] c) the material between the margin of each of the… …   English World dictionary

  • seam|y — «SEE mee», adjective, seam|i|er, seam|i|est. 1. having or showing a seam or seams: »the seamy side of a garment. 2. Figurative. least pleasant; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seam — Seam, v. i. To become ridgy; to crack open. [1913 Webster] Later their lips began to parch and seam. L. Wallace. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seam — Seam, n. [AS. se[ a]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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seam|er — «SEE muhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that seams. 2. a kind of sewing machine for seaming fabrics together. 3. a machine for bending two pieces of sheet metal to unite them in a seam or joint. 4. Cricket. a seam bowler …   Useful english dictionary

  • Seam — (s[=e]m), n. [See {Saim}.] Grease; tallow; lard. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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