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

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 Find out where to catch a movie, get safer and even knit in this week's Get-Out Guide for Milwaukee's southern suburbs. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A run where beer is involved, what's more Wisconsin than that?," 4 June 2018 Geographers knit the resulting clouds of results into a 3-D map. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Reverse fuel cells would knit the two together into ammonia for loading on the tankers—a bounty of energy from the sun, air, and sea. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 My last look, a tablecloth with a cream knit turtleneck. Vogue, "Five Names to Know from Pratt Fashion’s Class of 2018," 7 May 2018 The other man was wearing a Seattle Seahawks knit hat, a dark hooded jacket, baggy blue jeans and gray Nike athletic shoes, police said. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc police are searching for two men who stole drugs from a Walgreen's pharmacy," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The 100 percent poly knit incorporates TNF’s FlashDry tech to wick and dry fast and has an antimicrobial treatment to battle funk. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Tank Tops for Men," 19 June 2018 The design draws inspiration from the classic Puma Clyde and features an engineered knit upper, the brands’ iconic formstripe and a rubber translucent outsole. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Can Puma Carve Out Space in the Basketball Sneaker Business?," 27 June 2018 The tour enters a few of the buildings, including the sisters’ shop, where women would do laundry, knit, sew, and assemble the famous oval poplar boxes. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 But for fall, go for a sweater with more polish. 2015: Chunky, ribbed knits sans prints. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "9 Super Cute Ways to Update Your Back-to-School Style," 19 Aug. 2015 The restructuring of the school system marks the end of an era for children in schools like Paso Palmas, who have been educated in a close-knit, familial atmosphere for decades. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 Both her elementary and middle schools were small, tight-knit and primarily other people of color, with few white students. Leah Asmelash, charlotteobserver, "This Charlotte grad came to U.S. as an infant. She has plans 'to change our world.'," 6 June 2018 They're also backed by their own tight-knit, wealthy community, where parents and residents have lent them office space and professionals have been coordinating publicity for them. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Parkland students to hold town hall on gun violence at Naperville church," 5 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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Dictionary Entries near knit

kniphofia

knish

Knisteneaux

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knitback

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knit goods

Phrases Related to knit

knit one's brow/brows

knitting needle

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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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