- I. verb (wove or weaved; woven or weaved; weaving) 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 1. 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 4. 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; weaving) 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
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.