knit

verb
\ ˈnit How to pronounce knit (audio) \
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

This is where Google executives send their children to learn how to knit, write with chalk on blackboards, practice new words by playing catch with a beanbag and fractions by cutting up quesadillas and apples. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 Gather to knit or crochet with help from a volunteer. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Home and Garden events Jan. 7," 4 Jan. 2018 She's worn everything from this elegant Oscar de la Renta gown to a more casual, body-hugging knitted dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "6 Brands Meghan Markle Wears That Also Make Adorable Baby Clothes," 21 Feb. 2019 Frank said one of his fondest childhood memories was when his grandmother knit him a dress. NBC News, "'Are you a boy or a girl?' Gender stereotypes shunned in daring new project," 30 Apr. 2018 And, in general, loosely-knit, natural materials like cotton and wool produce more lint than tightly-woven, synthetic ones like nylon and spandex, Dr. Goldbach says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 All the silk pochettes in the case are made by the same house in Milan, Bigi, all knitted, not woven, in dark colors with contrasting borders. Andre Aciman, Town & Country, "How Andre Aciman Lost His Head Over a Pocket Square," 24 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Williams, who was wearing a knit beanie over her blonde hair, then starts dancing, collapsing, and jumping around upon seeing the display. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hayley Williams Just Dyed Her Hair Orange Again, and Paramore Fans Are Freaking Out," 14 Mar. 2019 Wear it casually in the winter months with trainers or boots and layered with an oversized knit jumper on top. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "The London-Based Brand Fashion Girls Are Obsessed With," 24 Jan. 2019 Ariana's version of the scene has the singer donning Elle's exact outfit — white knit hat with purple flower included. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Recreated Another "Legally Blonde" Scene in the "Thank U, Next" Blooper Video," 4 Jan. 2019 Buy Now Gap pattern no-show socks A reinforced heel and toe makes for excellent durability, and the soft knit fabric ensures maximum comfort, and the tropical pattern, well, that's just for fun. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "These Superior No-Show Socks Are a Summer Miracle," 11 May 2018 As such, all pairs feature a cushioned sole and lightweight knit upper designed for extra support while running. Allure, "Adidas Released a Collection of," 25 Mar. 2019 As such, all pairs feature a cushioned sole and lightweight knit upper designed for extra support while running. Glamour, "Game of Thrones," 25 Mar. 2019 Seen out in London following her Fashion Week debut for Burberry, Kendall wore a pair of pants that were red, white, black, and blue color block with a black knit top that was totally sheer and revealed a braless look underneath. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Posts a Naked Selfie on Instagram," 18 Sep. 2018 Victoria Justice proves that a chunky knit sweater doesn't have to be boring. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Style Advice," 13 Dec. 2013

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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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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 How to pronounce knit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce knit (audio) \
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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