stitch

1 of 2

noun

1
: a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side
2
a
: 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

stitch

2 of 2

verb

stitched; stitching; stitches

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
stitcher noun
Phrases
in stitches
: in a state of uncontrollable laughter
he had us all in stitches

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
There have been cases of soldiers and guards being hospitalized and some have needed stitches after being stabbed or cut by knife-wielding assailants. Rafal Niedzielski and Czarek Sokolowski, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 June 2024 The puppy's ears had been cropped, supposedly by a veterinarian, and had stitches, Randazzo said. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2024
Verb
The mythical cherub appeared to be stitched in black, with prominent wings and a bow and arrow in hand. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Whatever your social media of choice may be, a laundry list of platforms are stitched into the fabric of how Americans work, date, think and live. Shannon Caturano, ABC News, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for stitch 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'stitch.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near stitch

Cite this Entry

“Stitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stitch. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

stitch

1 of 2 noun
1
: a sudden sharp pain especially in the side
2
a
: one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing or embroidering
b
: a portion of thread left in the material after one stitch
3
: a single loop of thread or yarn around a tool (as a knitting needle)
4
: a series of stitches formed in a particular way

stitch

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to join with or as if with stitches
stitched a seam
b
: to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches
2
: to do needlework : sew
stitcher noun

Medical Definition

stitch

1 of 2 noun
1
: a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side
2
a
: 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

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to fasten, join, or close with stitches
stitch a wound

More from Merriam-Webster on stitch

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!