stitch

noun
\ ˈstich How to pronounce stitch (audio) \

Definition of stitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side
2a : one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing, embroidering, or suturing
b : a portion of thread left in the material or suture left in the tissue after one stitch
3 : a least bit especially of clothing didn't have a stitch on
4 : a single loop of thread or yarn around an implement (such as a knitting needle or crochet hook)
5 : a stitch or series of stitches formed in a particular way a basting stitch
in stitches
: in a state of uncontrollable laughter he had us all in stitches

stitch

verb
stitched; stitching; stitches

Definition of stitch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches stitched a seam
b : to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches
2 : to unite by means of staples

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Verb

stitcher noun

Synonyms for stitch

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stitch in a Sentence

Noun the stitches on a baseball She pulled out the stitches. His cut required six stitches. She gets her stitches removed tomorrow. The book teaches a variety of stitches. a scarf worked in knit stitch Verb He stitched a patch onto his coat. Her initials were stitched on the pillowcase. He stitched a design along the border of the tablecloth.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The flag tattered in the wind at ground zero but has since become a national symbol of unity as its tears were repaired one stitch at a time by veterans, first-responders, schoolchildren and survivors of other tragedies. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Working from the bottom up with Patons Canadiana Yarn, easily knit two identical panels, then bring together with ribbing, soon switching to a stocking stitch. Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2021 The biggest advancement in the stitch-and-glue method in the past decades has been computers replacing hand drawings. Andy Cochrane, Popular Mechanics, 2 Sep. 2021 Categories include cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel, quilting, knitting, crocheting and bead work/jewelry. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 That’s partly what has made his sweatpants and basics emporium so successful—every rib, stitch, and seam is considered for optimum ease. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 July 2021 In fact, each stitch of the original Shinola stripe was scaled to proportion for this concept. Jenna Blaha, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 Every stitch meets government specifications, a company official said. Arkansas Online, 23 July 2021 Costume designer Clint Ramos didn’t take a single stitch in Franklin’s wardrobe for Respect, starring Dreamgirls’s Jennifer Hudson, lightly, creating around 80 looks for the biopic. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The average employee at a Fortune 500 company has to go through almost 50 different point solutions in order to stitch together health and wellness programs [via] insurance products. Beau River, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 The years her twin sons were teammates in New England meant their mother no longer had to split two jerseys down the middle and stitch two sides together into one, her longstanding demonstration of equal support. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Use the remaining length of yarn on your needle to whip stitch the back seam of the hat. Mariana Tuma, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2021 The Spokane closer, Dugan Darnell, came in to stitch up the ninth. New York Times, 21 Sep. 2021 Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. Y-jean Mun-delsalle, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 When all the panels are in place and the stitches are clamping the panels together into a boat shape, stitch the transom to the ends of the panels. Andy Cochrane, Popular Mechanics, 2 Sep. 2021 To stitch his life together, USA TODAY combed through thousands of pages in dozens of antislavery publications. USA Today, 2 Sep. 2021 The lack of action has led to so many of us left trying to stitch back together the lives this epidemic has already touched. Michael Dowling, Scientific American, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of stitch

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for stitch

Noun

Middle English stiche, from Old English stice; akin to Old English stician to stick

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The first known use of stitch was before the 12th century

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“Stitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stitch. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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stitch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of thread that is passed through a piece of material with a needle
: a special piece of thread that is used to hold a large cut or wound closed
: a single loop of thread or yarn that is wrapped around a tool (such as a knitting needle) and is linked to other loops to make fabric

stitch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stitch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a needle and thread to make or repair (something, such as a piece of clothing) : to join (something, such as a piece of fabric or a button) to something else with stitches : sew
: to make (something, such as a design) out of stitches

stitch

noun
\ ˈstich How to pronounce stitch (audio) \

Kids Definition of stitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing or in closing a wound : a portion of thread left after one such movement
2 : a single loop of thread or yarn around a tool (as a knitting needle or crochet hook)
3 : a type or style of stitching
4 : a sudden sharp pain especially in the side

stitch

verb
stitched; stitching

Kids Definition of stitch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten or join by sewing Stitch the ends of the two strips together.
2 : to make, mend, or decorate by or as if by sewing My mother stitched up my torn pants.

stitch

noun
\ ˈstich How to pronounce stitch (audio) \

Medical Definition of stitch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side
2a : one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in suturing
b : a portion of a suture left in the tissue after one stitch removal of stitches

stitch

transitive verb

Medical Definition of stitch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten, join, or close with stitches stitch a wound

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