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

As the parts are knitted together, expect to see changes in daily life and work that are as dramatic as those sparked by the widespread adoption of smartphones. Andrew Maynard, Scientific American, "Collaborative Telepresence Could Render Distance (Relatively) Meaningless," 1 July 2019 Other threads knit the writer’s disparate subjects into a coherent oeuvre. The Economist, "Modern British television has found its Dickens," 29 June 2019 In China, that public-private relationship is particularly close-knit because of the Chinese government’s sway in every sector of the economy. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Huawei personnel worked with China’s military on research projects," 26 June 2019 The Houston corporate legal community was tight-knit and insular in 1995. Claire Poole Of The Texas Lawbook, Houston Chronicle, "Atlanta law firm inflitrated Houston market one deal at a time," 21 June 2019 About 20 miles northwest of the White House and situated along the Potomac River, the roughly 25-square-mile community is close-knit. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Where Washington, D.C’s Elites Sleep," 13 Apr. 2019 Image In the case of Mr. Oepriarto and Ms. Kuswati, in particular, the family was known to be close-knit. New York Times, "At the Heart of Indonesia Terror Attacks, a Well-Liked Family," 18 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Certainly, Morganna wore nothing worse than the hideous double-knit baseball uniforms of that era, often colored blue on the road (or worse in the case of Pittsburgh, San Diego and Houston). Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 And the fashion didn’t stop there: flaunting his more tender side, Maluma headed out to the JW Anderson show in the designer’s patchwork knit with sleeves cut at a high angle to show off his trademark rippling arm muscles. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Maluma Is Men’s Fashion’s Hottest New Muse," 5 July 2019 Look for open knits, looser weaves, thinner materials and finer yarns. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 Earlier this month, a viral photo of Barack wearing a pair of knit Allbirds sneakers ($95; allbirds.com) just about broke the internet. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Michelle Obama's White Sneakers Have a Huge Cult Following—Here's Where to Buy Them," 25 June 2019 Indeed, Amiri makes tees and knits that look moth-eaten but follow a different journey from chrysalis to finished pieces of clothing. Alex Bhattacharji, latimes.com, "Mike Amiri, L.A.’s rock ’n’ roll designer, now struts on a global stage," 21 June 2019 One adult-size sweater takes between 14 and 25 hours to knit, depending on the numbers of colors used and extra features like zippers and buttons. CBS News, "That Iceland wool sweater may have been knit in China," 10 June 2019 While frigid snow days are typically accompanied by messy buns and frizz-fighting knit caps, Amal Clooney is giving our lazy day solutions a run for their money. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Perfects the Snow Day Blowout at Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower," 20 Feb. 2019 Dozens of workers in purple knit caps bearing the 32BJ logo or red Unite Here T-shirts whooped and chanted as the agency’s directors endorsed the new wage scale at a meeting in Jersey City. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "New York-Area Airport Workers on Way to $19 Per Hour," 22 Mar. 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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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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