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

The officer was taken to the hospital and the wound required stitches, the blog post said. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Revere man charged with assaulting Transit Police officer at Haymarket MBTA station," 6 Aug. 2019 There’s nothing childish about these sure-handed stitches, Shaw says. Washington Post, "Don’t sleep on this Smithsonian quilt exhibit," 1 Aug. 2019 But either way, somebody had to get him some stitches and Neosporin, pretty quickly after this, right? Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Pro Surfer Chooses Beachside Bar Over Hospital Following Shark Attack," 29 July 2019 Try a luxe tote in navy from Loewe or a Proenza Schouler bucket bag with contrast stitch detailing. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Shop 15 Sleek Alternatives to the Bulky Backpack," 27 July 2019 When stitches split open during the first half, Sparano had the team doctor plug him with gauze at halftime. Andrew Krammer, sun-sentinel.com, "A year after his death, ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano’s influence still being felt," 22 July 2019 Model Cara Delevingne embodied a bride with an image of Frankenstein's monster (stitches and all) on her black gown, worn with lace-up boots at the fall 2019 women's show in February. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Prada and Moschino Bring 'Frankenstein,' 'Dynasty' to Life in Campaigns," 8 July 2019 But, after five hours of surgery and more than 1,000 stitches, Keane stabilized. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Teen shark attack victim throws out first pitch at Padres game," 5 July 2019 And what if those materials could be decontaminated and recycled, turned later into tweezers and surgical stitches? Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By his account, Mr. Kebayir was now earning a decent wage — 2,100 renminbi last month, about $300 — stitching soles onto leather shoes at one of the new factories. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China Said It Closed Muslim Detention Camps. There’s Reason to Doubt That.," 9 Aug. 2019 The shirt, which is black, features the same red-hued design as its hoodie counterpart, and the sleeves also include the same stitched nod to its creators. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Collaborated with Siberia Hills on Hoodies and a Shirt," 8 Aug. 2019 Its structure is grafted, stitched and grid tied onto the existing homestead and its footprint. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Striking Joshua Tree Airbnb Needs to be on Your Travel Bucket List," 5 Aug. 2019 For Apidima 1, Harvati and her team created a mirror image of the fossil and stitched the two together to see the full shape of the back of the skull. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Skull fragment from Greek cave suggests modern humans were in Europe more than 200,000 years ago," 10 July 2019 Down below, clubhouse attendants will roll out white uniforms, carefully stitched. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Adam Jones' impact in Baltimore endures ahead of reunion with Orioles," 15 July 2019 For someone playing in only their 29th one day international, Carey showed remarkable poise and courage after the incident, hitting 46 in a partnership of 103 with Steve Smith, before having his wound stitched up after leaving the field. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 Not knowing how to sew, she was put to work handing cut pieces to the machine operators and removing stitched items from their work space. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 Written, drawn and stitched into fabric, the squares contain the personal stories of survivors, and together make up the Monument Quilt. Teen Vogue, "The Monument Quilt, Which Represents Thousands of Sexual Violence Survivors, to Be Spread Over National Mall," 30 May 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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