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

The finding is perhaps surprising because beluga groups aren’t necessarily as tightly knit as orca pods sometimes are, and plotting a map of their migratory behavior can sometimes look chaotic. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "How Culture Guides Belugas’ Annual Odysseys Across the Arctic," 12 Apr. 2018 Kim Best’s documentary about how one woman coped with the nuisance of cat hair by spinning and knitting it into useful items. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "A film fest where the fur flies," 21 June 2018 The 16 essays that knit together his profound and resonant collection are a nimble study in radical self-invention. Wired Staff, WIRED, "12 Books You Must Read This Summer," 25 May 2018 Unbending loyalty knit them all to the man whose name was plastered on the building. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "Harold Bornstein: Former Trump doctor now ‘frightened and sad’," 2 May 2018 Unbending loyalty knit them all to the man whose name was plastered on the building. Kyle Swenson, courant.com, "Harold Bornstein: Former Trump doctor now 'frightened and sad'," 2 May 2018 New zoning codes call for a transition from the downtown skyscrapers to mid-rise buildings further north, a visually appealing approach to knitting together the city’s bustling central business district and its northern neighborhoods. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Developer Envisions Hundreds Of Housing Units, Extensive Retail For Downtown North," 15 Mar. 2018 Since that collection, the company has further knit itself into the fashion world. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "How Vibram’s Mountaineering Soles Became a Staple of Modern Sneakers," 14 Mar. 2018 There are spaces between the plates in young babies; and as the child grows, the plates grow, get harder, and knit together. Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cast aside by their former teams, the players, known as the Golden Misfits, formed a close-knit locker room in large part by proving their doubters wrong. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Next Task for Vegas Golden Knights: Attract Free Agents," 29 June 2018 And thick rib knit cuffs on the sleeves and bottom of the jacket mean the wind won't be shooting up to freeze you from the inside out. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Carhartt's Active Jac," 19 Nov. 2018 The latest batch are all swaggering tributes to the ’70s—a decade when the patterns were brash, the knits were plush, and the fits were flattering. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "Your Next Polo Shirt Should Be a Bold and Trippy ’70s Throwback," 26 Apr. 2018 Check the labels of your favorite knits and look for 100% pure cold-weather fabrics like cotton, silk, and cashmere. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 The cool kids are rocking bomber jackets, rainbow knits and signature Gucci slides. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Don't Miss Your Chance To Shop The Cutest Gucci Kidswear On Net-A-Porter," 12 July 2018 They're known for their affordable knit and grenadine ties, as well as club ties with humorous messages and ones adorned with dogs of almost every breed imaginable—all made in New York. Al Castiel Iii, Town & Country, "JFK's Personal Tailor Is Alive and Well in a Midtown Manhattan Office Building," 5 May 2017 The resulting ready-to-wear-and-tear knits, jumpsuits, and overalls struck a chord with her cultish clientele (think L.A. creatives). Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "How Athleisure Evolved Into Fashion's Obsession With All Things Outdoors," 20 Nov. 2018 These clothes — Karan’s jersey separates, Jacobs’s easy knits, Herrera’s ready-to-wear glamour — suddenly reflected their lives, the way little in Paris or Milan could. New York Times, "Carolina Herrera’s Very First Show — and What It Meant for Fashion," 16 Apr. 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 and Noun

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

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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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