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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Other Words from stitch

Verb

stitcher noun

Synonyms for stitch

Synonyms: Noun

ache, pain, pang, prick, shoot, smart, sting, throe, tingle, twinge

Synonyms: Verb

darn, sew, suture

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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

Wisz got her stitches removed Monday and a follow-up appointment with her cardiologist revealed that the new valve is working just fine. Mia Berry, latimes.com, "UCLA softball player Stevie Wisz on her way to ‘being healthy again’ after heart surgery," 12 July 2019 Even stitches to close a bite wound after a scrap with another dog can cost several hundred dollars. Tom Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Pet owners have some tools to fight veterinary sticker shock," 11 July 2019 Three stitches over his right eye, courtesy of an errant elbow from Orlando’s Mo Bamba two nights earlier. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For Spurs’ incoming rookies, the bond is real," 8 July 2019 And all that embroidery took a lot of time: Per the magazine, more than 10 embroiderers worked a combined total of 75 hours to embellish the dress's almost 46 feet of tulle with more than 650,000 stitches. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Every Single Detail We Know About Sophie Turner's Custom Louis Vuitton Wedding Dress," 6 July 2019 This dalliance with the game ended with several stitches in Stepney’s head, courtesy of his brother’s errant swing. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s Anthony G. Stepney named PGA of America master professional," 19 June 2019 There aren’t any major concerns about playing with stitches, because they are located on a stationary part of the body. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Stephen Piscotty likely to be available off A’s bench," 16 June 2019 The neural network stitches these together using powerful graphics chips hardened against radiation. The Economist, "Using AI to speed up the processing of space images," 14 June 2019 His Fall 1997 show featured models in tunics that replicated fitting mannequins, jackets of pattern paper and pieces with basting stitches still in place. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Ghosting—The Fall Fashion Edition," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the garage clinic, a veterinary ophthalmologist from Indianapolis, Heidi Klein, was stitching Kryxis' eyelid together after removing a triangular section that was missing the dark rim elsewhere. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 Indeed, making mixtapes—stitching together songs from one’s home stereo, to make a new compilation—became a distinctly modern activity. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution," 9 July 2019 After Nike on Monday pulled its Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July from stores at the last minute, the price for the shoes with Betsy Ross’ original American flag design stitched on the heel shot up like fireworks. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "How much are sneakerheads willing to shell out for Nikes with Betsy Ross flag?," 2 July 2019 All the while, leaves split water, harvest and manipulate solar energy, and stitch together hydrogen, oxygen and carbon to produce sugars and starches — the sources of virtually all food for Earth’s life. Quanta Magazine, "Forests Emerge as a Major Overlooked Climate Factor," 9 Oct. 2018 For his 2013 Yeezus tour, the rapper released a bomber jacket with a Confederate flag stitched onto the sleeve. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Kanye West Gave the Right Wing a New Uniform," 3 May 2018 The scarf is made to the highest standards—the hems of the scarf are hand rolled, not machine stitched. The Reader's Catalog, "Shakespeare Love Silk Chiffon Scarf," 17 June 2019 Rihanna drapes these childhood memories in the most decadent fabrics stitched by some of the most skilled couturiers in the world. Tanisha C. Ford, The Atlantic, "The Radical Fashion Roots of Rihanna’s Fenty Line," 7 June 2019 From bejeweled stitch braids to Fulani poofs, these hairstyles are perfect for Essence Festival and every occasion. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Watch ‘Primp’: 4 Ways To Style Your Braids For Festival Season," 5 June 2019

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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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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
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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