stitch

noun
\ ˈstich \

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

In order to actually obtain the world record, Bond needed to knit at least 10 stitches and 10 rows of yarn with her needles. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "This Art Student Broke the Guinness World Record for Largest Knitting Needles," 20 Nov. 2018 Using a hand stitch, sew one side of the wing to the outer thigh of your pants. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Earlier on Wednesday, Katie Holmes walked around New York City while wearing a long knitted sweater with a red-and-purple stitch pattern. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore Black Leather Thigh-High Boots In New York City," 11 Oct. 2018 Blend the contrasting tones using red makeup, then draw on some black stitches. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 Morgan’s opinion piece, now published on his own website, wethegoverned.com, stitches information together from various stories published in The News Tribune while omitting key facts. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist calls rival a liar as contest heats up," 18 Aug. 2018 Zavaglia has yet to count her stitches, but the tally is clearly in the thousands. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Art Show: Cayce Zavaglia," 14 May 2012 Almost exactly a year after a fall left her with more than 40 stitches in her face, Carrie Underwood is opening up about just how serious the injury was. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Reveals the Stitches in Her Face Made It 'Physically Impossible to Sing'," 11 Nov. 2018 And acne, and having a massive eye with black stitches in it. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "Claire Foy on Becoming a Mother and Trading Her Crown for a Dragon Tattoo," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lace, chiffon, and organza from past wedding dresses had been tailored into tiny suits, and stitched into gowns. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 The Ralph Lauren piece was 75 foot long and hand-stitched into the embroidery design were eight words and phrases, specially chosen by the actress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Ralph Lauren Wedding Veil Was 75 Feet Long," 4 Dec. 2018 The tag says 'hand-stitched in New York' and everyone writes their name. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Lingua Franca Opens Its First Retail Store," 12 Nov. 2018 The backpack was flagged as suspicious by Malaysian customs, and a search discovered a secret compartment stitched into it, which had packages of crystal methamphetamine inside. James Griffiths, CNN, "Australian grandmother sentenced to death by hanging for drug smuggling," 24 May 2018 Sketches are delivered, petites mains are stitching about, and Lagerfeld is watching over it all with a discerning eye, signing off on each couture creation. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018 Plus, the beauty look itself is relatively easy—just apply a bunch of white face makeup, draw stitched lines with liquid eyeliner, and throw on a red wig. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Most Popular Pinterest Halloween Makeup Idea of 2018 Is... Unexpected," 16 Oct. 2018 In the case of the Enclave, that means some wood accents on the steering wheel, a chestnut-brown leather covering on the black dashboard, hand-stitching on the seats, and some very nice faux-wood plastic trim on the center console. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Buick aims high, falls short with $60,000 Enclave Avenir," 2 Mar. 2018 Each of these workshops, in turn, used five to ten subcontractors for tasks like stitching straps and finishing hardware. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany," 20 Feb. 2017

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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

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 \

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 \

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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