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

The natural grass fits to the tray for a tight edge, designed to knit the entire field into one unit. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Tottenham Hotspur's Retractable Pitch Is an Engineering Marvel," 13 July 2018 Visitors at the blōhsh pop-up got a chance to pose in front of a yellow backdrop, as well as have first dibs at the new merch, which also includes t-shirts, knitted hats, hoodies, socks and snap bracelets. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "You Can Now Buy a Billie Eilish Doll, Courtesy of Takashi Murakami," 29 May 2019 This beginner level kit come with all the wool required plus the pattern, knitting needle, sewing needle and a label — a great way to build knitting skills and create a beautiful and functional piece of home décor, too. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "8 Gift Ideas for DIY Enthusiasts 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Jesty vaccinated his wife and two sons with pus from a cowpox lesion, using his wife’s knitting needle. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Between Hope and Fear’ Review: Anxieties Immune to Reason," 16 Aug. 2018 There are also tank tops, crops tops, and bodysuits in the same amazing, soft-stretch knit fabric. Amy Hou, Glamour, "The Women's Underwear a Lingerie Editor Buys in Bulk," 6 Aug. 2018 GieMarGa's bean bags start at $155 and go up from there, depending on color and knit pattern. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Giant Knit Bean Bags Are the New Giant Knit Blankets," 6 Aug. 2018 That diverse but close-knit community was shattered by a shooter whose violent spree left 50 people dead across both sites. ... Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Christchurch’s Tiny Community of Muslims: Diverse, Deeply Rooted and Embraced," 16 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Loewe’s Resort 2019 collection, Jonathan Anderson showed artisanal knit slippers finished with images of French pedicures and toe rings. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for the Toe Ring," 14 June 2019 The Tree Breezers are almond-toe flats with a knit upper, padded soles, and an overall cloud-soft feeling. Glamour, "At Long Last, Allbirds Is Making Ballet Flats," 2 May 2019 There are cool, sporty color-block knit tank dresses and pleated cotton poplin shirt dresses for something polished, feminine, and easy. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 Check out Ekotree, a new design studio that puts a high-tech spin on traditional Irish knits. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019 Markle wore a two-tone J.Crew navy coat, an AllSaints knit cream turtleneck, and T by Alexander Wang cropped pants, and accessorized with an Altuzarra handbag. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Finally Wore J.Crew (And Yes, It’s Sold Out Now)," 8 Mar. 2018 The feel of the shoe’s material is more like a thick knit, and my feet felt more secure and stable while running compared to some of Nike’s similar older styles. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Best Women's Running Shoes 2017," 14 Mar. 2017 With time, some of my favorite pieces — sweaters, leggings, and knits, especially — start to pill, resulting in tens — if not, hundreds — of annoying lint balls and fuzzies. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "This $11 Fabric Defuzzer Brought All of My Clothes Back to Life," 18 Apr. 2019 Our Textiles Lab pros always recommend opting for knits and stretchy fabrics (like these Amazon Essentials t-shirts made with spandex). Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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