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noun \ˈstich\

Simple Definition of stitch

  • : a piece of thread that is passed through a piece of material with a needle

  • medical : a special piece of thread that is used to hold a large cut or wound closed

  • : a single loop of thread or yarn that is wrapped around a tool (such as a knitting needle) and is linked to other loops to make fabric

Full Definition of stitch

  1. 1 :  a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side

  2. 2a :  one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing, embroidering, or suturingb :  a portion of thread left in the material or suture left in the tissue after one stitch

  3. 3 :  a least bit especially of clothing <didn't have a stitch on>

  4. 4 :  a single loop of thread or yarn around an implement (as a knitting needle or crochet hook)

  5. 5 :  a stitch or series of stitches formed in a particular way <a basting stitch>

in stitches
  1. :  in a state of uncontrollable laughter <he had us all in stitches>

Examples of stitch

  1. the stitches on a baseball

  2. She pulled out the stitches.

  3. His cut required six stitches.

  4. She gets her stitches removed tomorrow.

  5. The book teaches a variety of stitches.

  6. a scarf worked in knit stitch

Origin of stitch

Middle English stiche, from Old English stice; akin to Old English stician to stick

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of stitch

  • : to use a needle and thread to make or repair (something, such as a piece of clothing) : to join (something, such as a piece of fabric or a button) to something else with stitches

  • : to make (something, such as a design) out of stitches

Full Definition of stitch

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches <stitched a seam>b :  to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches

    2. 2 :  to unite by means of staples

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  sew

    stitch·er noun

    Examples of stitch

    1. He stitched a patch onto his coat.

    2. Her initials were stitched on the pillowcase.

    3. He stitched a design along the border of the tablecloth.

    13th Century

    First Known Use of stitch

    13th century

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