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 Every stitch and each square incorporated into a quilt tell a rich story about the person who created it. oregonlive, "Quilts are expressive, political and front and center during Portland Textile Month," 15 Oct. 2020 Does a ‘husband stitch’ actually do anything—and does the procedure really happen? Korin Miller, Health.com, "What Is a 'Husband Stitch'? Ob-Gyns Weigh in on the Problematic Procedure," 25 Sep. 2020 The work of Griselda Rosas includes captivating installations that manage to combine a variety of mediums but still center on intricate embroidery and stitch work. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Dieo Art Prize winners stand together," 26 Sep. 2020 The long-sleeve cardigan features a jersey stitch design with ribbed detailing along the hem, cuffs, and pockets. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, PEOPLE.com, "Shoppers Say This Under-$30 Sweater from Amazon Is Their ‘Go-To Cardigan’ for Fall," 9 Sep. 2020 However, doctors couldn’t say for sure how long the stitch would hold. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "What Is Incompetent Cervix—and How Do You Know if You Have One?," 3 Sep. 2020 More than 400 buyers were thrilled with what these pants have to offer, including the stitch reinforcement at the knees and the relaxed fit that allows for easy movement. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 13 best deals from REI's massive Labor Day Sale—shop The North Face, Deuter and more," 28 Aug. 2020 There’s a dial selector for the type of stitch, and then a dial to adjust the length of it. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset Loves: The Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine," 25 Aug. 2020 The settings are straightforward, with knobs to select the stitch length and type, plus a tension dial at the top. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Does the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine live up to its name?," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To stitch the campus into its surroundings, which include residential bungalows, a park and the famed Menil Collection galleries, the landscape architects from the firm Nelson Byrd Woltz encircled the sanctuary with a gradation of green spaces. Sallie Lewis, WSJ, "Inside The Holy Restoration of Houston’s Rothko Chapel," 8 Sep. 2020 Sabah mobilized the technology of the day — faxes, telex and the emerging mobile-phone systems — to stitch together a network of Kuwaiti diplomats, activists and backers around the world. Washington Post, "Kuwait’s emir al-Sabah, influential voice in the Middle East, dies at 91," 29 Sep. 2020 The team has done well to stitch together both a winning and unbeaten streak, capped by a 4-1 win over Chicago on Saturday. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City eager to kick off key stretch with win at Sporting KC," 22 Sep. 2020 Crews were also working to stitch together control lines five miles southeast of Colton and prevent any further growth of the fire toward Molalla. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Fire officials expect partial containment of huge Riverside fire in Clackamas County," 16 Sep. 2020 Negotiating teams are battling to stitch together a trade deal with the bloc before the Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Italy Says EU Must Stay at Brexit Negotiating Table to Seek Deal," 15 Sep. 2020 From there, digital files containing these pieces were uploaded to Ceres, the USDA’s supercomputer, so Childers’ team could use powerful genome assembly algorithms to stitch those pieces together. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Inside the Sprint to Map the Murder Hornet Genome," 24 Aug. 2020 Other researchers are working on robots that stitch up incisions and navigate to repair organs. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Autonomous Robots Are Coming to the Operating Room," 11 Sep. 2020 This really is more for beginners; people who already understand how to stitch or have your craft tools organized at home, might need a more advanced subscription box. Josh Grant, USA TODAY, "15 subscription boxes to try if you need a new hobby," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for stitch

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

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stitch. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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stitch

noun
How to pronounce stitch (audio)

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
medical : 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
: 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

Medical Definition of stitch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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