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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Verb

stitcher noun

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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 To close the leak, my surgeon decided to put a stitch in the artery wall, a common fix. Health.com, "Doctors Dismissed the Lump on My Neck as a ‘Swollen Lymph Node’ for 5 Years—but It Turned Out to Be Cancer," 25 Nov. 2019 The knots are tied while the top and bottom fabrics are held together with pins or a stitch of thread, which are removed once all knots are tied around the edges of the fabric. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Make a quilt for a Harford veteran through the 1111 Project," 11 Nov. 2019 Gilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker who also was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor High grad Kaleigh Gilchrist recalls balcony accident at world championships," 29 July 2019 Or the last time a 5-foot-6 walk-on running back gained meaningful yards in a Big Ten road game and later had everyone in stitches by throwing unintentional shade at the head coach. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Certain memories you don’t forget’: 10 reasons 2018 was the wildest season in Northwestern history," 27 Aug. 2019 There has been no official word from USA Basketball about White’s status, but the source said the third-year guard needed four stitches to close a gash over his left eye. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Derrick White makes Team USA, but injury puts status in doubt," 24 Aug. 2019 Wile, who cut his left thumb on the sideline during last Friday’s preseason opener at New Orleans and needed stitches, did not hold for kicks for the third straight day of practice. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Dan Bailey, Kaare Vedvik look good in practice, but injured Matt Wile mostly watches," 13 Aug. 2019 Bock had a head injury while whitewater rafting that required multiple stitches to repair. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love’s girlfriend, Kate Bock, got staples in her head after accident during their vacation," 30 Aug. 2019 Neal got up and pursued Phillips and struck him over the head, causing a large laceration over his eye that required several stitches, authorities said. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "Two men booked on suspicion of murder in San Francisco are released from jail," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Creating the Parker Durand project meant stitching together a patchwork of low-interest, longer-term loans from lenders whose mission is to create more affordable housing in cities like Detroit. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Affordable housing project aims to bring economic jolt to Detroit neighborhood," 14 Nov. 2019 The feature doesn’t appear to be widely used yet, but stitching together both views is an intriguing new format. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "US startups are already trying to displace TikTok," 12 Nov. 2019 The rebranding follows Facebook’s plan, from January, to integrate its various messaging services on the back-end, which would stitch together communication on Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Wired, "Facebook's Logo Gets a Facelift," 4 Nov. 2019 Each piece is hand cut and stitched using locally sourced, high-quality material. Nandi Howard, Essence, "November Style Dispatch," 4 Nov. 2019 The puncture holes made when stitching the garment let rain in, while the rubber got hard in the cold and sticky in the heat. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 The three-time Formula One world champion appears decked out in his trademark red racing suit with a Brazilian flag stitched onto his belt. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Madame Tussauds adds Brazilian Formula One champ Ayrton Senna," 30 Oct. 2019 There's extra stitching around the blue accents, which makes those sections feel a bit more snug, particularly right above my knees. Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "Jessica Biel x Gaiam Just Launched a New Collection—and I’m Obsessed With These Leggings," 17 Oct. 2019 Sew edges, cut corners: Using a sewing machine, stitch around the four sides, leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance and avoiding the 4-inch no-sew section. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Home decor: How to make your own placemats," 10 Sep. 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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Time Traveler for stitch

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

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stitch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stitch?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=stitch01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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stitch

noun
How to pronounce stitch (audio)

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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