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

One Georgia woman's unique spin on the classic boudoir photo shoot has us in stitches. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Grandma Posed for a Sexy Photo Shoot in a Bathtub Full of Knitting Supplies," 11 Jan. 2019 Carrie Underwood has never been afraid to share her makeup-free face with her fans — not when her facial scar was still healing post-stitches and not now, either. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Shared a Glowing Makeup-Free Selfie and Fans Are in Awe," 1 Apr. 2019 There’s a reason why Carrie Underwood opened up to the world about the freak accident that led to her getting more than 40 stitches. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Carrie Underwood feared people would believe she 'electively' changed her face after freak accident," 19 Sep. 2018 Stokes got stitches at a hospital for a cut lip after one deputy kicked him in the face while Stokes was handcuffed, the filing says. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Man gets extra jail time for mailing a threat to kill Charlotte-based federal judge," 22 June 2018 Despite getting stitches and an antibiotic treatment, the boy grew gravely ill. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018 Mancini is expected to get the stitches out Saturday. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Tim Beckham glad to resolve long-lingering groin injury with surgery," 28 Apr. 2018 Both he and his wife got several stitches and remained in the hospital for about 12 hours. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Cleveland man, 81, who died weeks after protecting his wife during attack died of natural causes, officials say," 13 Apr. 2018 After getting stitches in his right hand and thumb prior to the AFC championship game last week, quarterback Tom Brady was on the practice field Saturday, gripping the ball without a glove on his throwing hand. Kyle Hightower, The Seattle Times, "Brady practices without glove as Gronk returns to practice," 27 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cash has stitched nine innings together based on short but favorable matchups between pitchers and batters of the same handedness. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Alex Bregman’s walk-off double gives Astros 12th straight win," 19 June 2018 Xherdan Shaqiri, scorer of one of the goals of Euro 2016, has previously stitched the flags of Switzerland, Albania and Kosovo onto his boots. Henry Young, CNN, "Your Country Needs You! What nationality means to the modern-day footballer," 4 June 2018 Finally, a gifted surgeon, Dr. Levi, stitched up Cody's leg. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A teen was knee-deep in the ocean. Suddenly, he felt something 'squeezing' him.," 30 May 2018 For the uninitiated, needlepoint is a form of embroidery in which thread is stitched, according to a pattern, through a stiff, open-weave canvas. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 6 Sep. 2018 When Kim visited the Oval Office Wednesday, the star strayed from her go-to body-con pieces and instead looked business chic in an all-black power pantsuit — with Vetements stitched into the front of the pants — and a black bodysuit. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Decoding Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's Washington D.C. Style," 31 May 2018 Mayne said, adding that his vision is for the museum to be intimately stitched into the Segerstrom campus, the largest arts hub in Orange County. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Thom Mayne design unveiled for future home of Orange County Museum of Art," 31 May 2018 That's when officers discovered a secret compartment stitched into the backpack that contained 1.1 kilograms of crystal meth. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A trip to meet her online boyfriend in Shanghai ended in drug charges. And now a death sentence.," 24 May 2018 In their official statement about Markle's bridal look, the Palace disclosed that the flowers stitched into Markle's veil are the signature flowers of all the county's in the British Commonwealth. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Veil Honored Princess Diana in the Most Modern Way," 19 May 2018

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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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