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

Small businesses are very close-knit and at times can feel like family which is why many business owners struggle with the human capital side of their organizations. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "BusinessWise: Attitude is everything when growing a business," 9 Sep. 2019 Other volunteers also knit or crochet hats, booties, socks, sweaters and blankets so each infant receives at least one handmade item. Pomerado News, "Gently Hugged to hold open house on Sunday," 5 Sep. 2019 The graduate students’ new neighbors are four times their age and prefer knitting groups to fraternity parties. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "Closing the Generation Gap: Quinnipiac students will join elderly community at Ashlar Village in Wallingford," 22 Aug. 2019 But increasingly the local wool is being shipped to the cheaper labor market of China, where the sweaters are hand-knitted and then sent back for sale on the North Atlantic island. Fox News, "Made in China? Iceland's sweater-knitters are unhappy," 10 June 2019 The social network’s changes are now prompting a debate about whether a more knitted-together Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram is just smart business or helps strengthen potential anticompetitive practices. New York Times, "How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power," 12 Aug. 2019 Sturkie didn’t have any gloves with him and was wearing only a light jacket and knit cap. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Widow grateful that six-month search for her missing husband is over," 3 July 2019 Suzanne, a weaver, spinner and knitter, also has seen to it that the farm offers yarn made from the wool of the sheep, knitted goods including sweaters, vests, socks and blankets. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Far from being primordial units knit together by a pre-political culture, modern nation-states are agglomerations still displaying the fault-lines of the political struggles that produced them. Daniel Luban, The New Republic, "The Man Behind National Conservatism," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Plus, the upper knits of the shoes are made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles, making them a stylish and eco-friendly footwear option. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Meghan Markle's Favorite Shoe Brand Just Launched a Brand New Style Today—So We Tried It," 10 Sep. 2019 But when you’re done reorganizing you’re knits, pick out your favorite black and white sweater and pour yourself a stiff drink to get through this night. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "These ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Halloween Costumes Will Make Every True Fan Say, ‘Ew, David’," 6 Sep. 2019 The Fall runways had tons of fresh styling ideas; at Christian Dior and Altuzarra, semi-sheer maxis were juxtaposed against heftier knits; for evening, Paco Rabanne showed a silky maxi worn with a crop top. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Shows How to Do the Maxi Skirt for Fall," 4 Sep. 2019 Swedish brand Hestra makes a classic mitten with removable 100 percent wool liners with a looped knit to aid insulation. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "Essential Clothing to Pack for a Northern Lights Trip," 3 Sep. 2019 On the mannequin is a scrubs version of a dress that can be worn under a white coat.(James Carbone) Perilla comes in knit and woven fabrics. Ada Tseng, Daily Pilot, "Leukemia survivor designs scrubs to give back to medical community, raise awareness for bone marrow registry," 16 Aug. 2019 Stafford compared it to a high school student section, close knit and rowdy. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fans show commitment with rumble around concourse during Open Cup win," 12 July 2019 The shop itself, in Soho, looks adorable, its print catalogue is sumptuous—but social media knits all these experiences together, and makes them to some degree indistinguishable. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Reader, I Googled It," 26 Aug. 2019 For this fall there are all sorts of body-skimming knits, most of them pullover styles with a round, mock or turtle neck. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 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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