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a. A line of junction formed by sewing together two pieces of material along their margins.
b. A similar line, ridge, or groove made by fitting, joining, or lapping together two sections along their edges.
c. A suture.
d. A scar.
2. A line across a surface, as a crack, fissure, or wrinkle.
3. A thin layer or stratum, as of coal or rock.
v. seamed, seam·ing, seams
1. To put together with or as if with a seam.
2. To mark with a groove, wrinkle, scar, or other seamlike line.
To become fissured or furrowed; crack open.

[Middle English seme, from Old English sēam; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

seam′er n.


1. literary wrinkled; indented
2. (Clothing & Fashion) having a seam
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.seamed - having or joined by a seam or seams
seamless - not having or joined by a seam or seams; "seamless stockings"
2.seamed - (used especially of skin) marked by lines or seams; "their lined faces were immeasurably sad"; "a seamed face"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
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The scars with which his visage was seamed, would, on features of a different cast, have excited the sympathy and veneration due to the marks of honourable valour; but, in the peculiar case of Front-de-B
Jansenius, whose handsome face was white and seamed with grief and annoyance.
I heard a short, sharp cry behind me, a fall, and turning saw an awful face rushing upon me,--not human, not animal, but hellish, brown, seamed with red branching scars, red drops starting out upon it, and the lidless eyes ablaze.
They gained the summit only to find themselves on another ravine, and now perceived that this vast mountain, which had presented such a sloping and even side to the distant beholder on the plain, was shagged by frightful precipices, and seamed with longitudinal chasms, deep and dangerous.
The herbage is parched and withered; the brooks and streams are dried up; the buffalo, the elk and the deer have wandered to distant parts, keeping within the verge of expiring verdure, and leaving behind them a vast uninhabited solitude, seamed by ravines, the beds of former torrents, but now serving only to tantalize and increase the thirst of the traveller.
But I have another desire' - the seamed yellow face drew within three inches of the Curator, and the long forefinger-nail tapped on the table.
The hasty action tore the wretch's upper clothing nearly to the waist, and his body was seamed with dry black scars.
His face, seamed with deep wrinkles, had taken, with age, a nobler expression, preserving the pallid tones which inspire veneration.
Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the repulsive sneer to the face