knit

verb
\ˈnit \
knit or knitted; knitting

Definition of knit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form by interlacing yarn or thread in a series of connected loops with needles

2a : to link firmly or closely knitted my hands

b : to cause to grow together time and rest will knit a fractured bone

c : to contract into wrinkles knitted her brow

3 chiefly dialectal : to tie together

intransitive verb

1 : to make knitted fabrics or objects

2a : to become compact

b : to grow together

c : to become drawn together

knit

noun

Definition of knit (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : a knit fabric

b knits plural : knitwear

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Other Words from knit

Verb

knitter noun

Examples of knit in a Sentence

Verb

a style that knits together material from many different sources a town knit together by farming

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Friday evenings, customers gathered to knit over cookies and wine. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "A Generation of Americans Is Entering Old Age the Least Prepared in Decades," 22 June 2018 In Tesla’s case, the human body and brain proved, for the time being, more dexterous at running wires and hoses through a car’s machined parts and knitting them all together. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla drops reservation system, opens Model 3 orders to anybody," 10 July 2018 The three are also Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters and say that sharing the campaign experience has knit them closer together. Cassie Spodak, CNN, "Black women are running for office in record numbers in Alabama," 5 June 2018 The national community is expansive but tight-knit, often connecting through workshops and festivals via Facebook. Savannah Eadens, chicagotribune.com, "Windy City Tango Festival brings world-champion dancers to Lakeview this weekend," 5 July 2018 The episode knits these scenes together with flashbacks to twenty years earlier when Valmoline was more of a bustling place, with vacationing hikers and young kids running around. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Pulp Meets Prestige in Netflix's Bingeable French Thriller The Chalet," 27 Apr. 2018 That's the problem, Republicans sometimes can get into the position where they are perceived to be knit picking on issues that are not the primary issues. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 Barnard vividly captures the vast and stirring Northern England countryside, the area’s tightly knit if wary farming community, and the fiscal and practical mechanics of raising — and, yes, even dipping — sheep. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Ruth Wilson stars in powerful British drama 'Dark River'," 28 June 2018 One cups her hand in her chin; the other watches, brow slightly knitted. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Who else would or could get away with wearing a knit playsuit and trench or a Sailor Moon/school-girl outfit to go to the bodega? Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Talking to the Women Behind the Most Popular Sex and the City Fashion Instagram Account," 30 May 2018 But economy-class neurotics will have to make do while their shrink answers emails or knits cardigans during their sessions. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Pay Up if You Want to Eat Premium Bananas," 11 May 2018 Beneath the silhouette was tighter, made of a finer knit. Washington Post, "Armani rejects overdone emotion, Ferragamo favors color," 24 Feb. 2018 Chicago, rap, and hip-hop music are the inspirations behind the new Iceberg spring/summer 2018 collection – a colorful mix of luxury knits, logo jackets, and athleisure. The Cut, "Luxury Streetwear Inspired by Chicago’s Hip-Hop Music," 24 May 2018 Many of the looks were styled with dickey-like deconstructed knits. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Opioid crisis meets Flemish still-life paintings in Raf Simons' fall/winter 2018 men's collection," 9 Feb. 2018 These days, however, the image of Cosby, a perpetually smiling dad who fancied colorful knit sweaters, has been replaced with that of a smug old man. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Topless Bill Cosby protester: 'If I had been a little older… that could have been me'," 19 Apr. 2018 The 5-foot-6, 110-pound man was dressed in a black knit cap, khaki pants, black-and-red Nike shoes and a blue backpack when last seen, according to an SPD media release. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Police searching for 34-year-old man with mental disabilities missing since April 9 | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Apr. 2018 Loading View on Instagram The shoe features a knit upper and sock-like ankle, a blue guard along the insole, a pebbled white outsole that gradiates into a thin orange band towards the back. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Can Sell The People Anything—Even Sneakers," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of knit

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for knit

Verb

Middle English knitten, from Old English cnyttan; akin to Old English cnotta knot

Noun

see knit entry 1

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The first known use of knit was before the 12th century

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knit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of knit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a piece of clothing) from yarn or thread by using long needles or a special machine

: to closely join or combine (things or people)

: to form (something) by bringing people or things together

knit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knit (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of clothing that has been made by knitting

knit

verb
\ˈnit \
knit or knitted; knitting

Kids Definition of knit

1 : to form a fabric or garment by interlacing yarn or thread in connected loops with needles ( knitting needles ) knit a sweater

2 : wrinkle entry 2 The suspicious teacher knit his brow.

3 : to draw or come together closely as if knitted : unite firmly Hardship only knit the family more closely together.

Other Words from knit

knitter noun

knit

verb
\ˈnit \
knit or knitted; knitting

Medical Definition of knit 

transitive verb

: to cause to grow together time and rest will knit a fractured bone

intransitive verb

: to grow together fractures in old bones knit slowly

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