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 male victim received six stitches to close his knife wound. cleveland.com, "Drunk man was giving away money at Market District: Solon police blotter," 18 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Both these boots have the uppers stitched to the lower foot box, rather than glued, and the one-piece lower section will never lose its sole. Frank Sargeant, al, "How to find hunting boots that won’t let you down," 8 Sep. 2019 Developers can stitch together Census tracts to create a zone that qualifies, no matter if the project itself is really in a distressed area. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 The state highways less traveled California is made for road trips — a quilt of coastline, Sierra, desert and valley stitched together with asphalt. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Keeping cool as the Bay heats up," 15 Aug. 2019 The news app has stitched brand placement, sponsorship, and content alliances with the likes of Twitter and Amazon. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "TV anchor Vikram Chandra bets on AI-powered short videos to fix India’s broken news scene," 29 July 2019 Advertising The innovations in research have produced dozens of studies on different means of ingestion, but few researchers have stitched the research together or contemplated cumulative effects on people. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Average Americans eat, inhale thousands of tiny plastic pieces every year, study says," 6 June 2019 But what if terrain could be mapped by lidar and heat by IR camera and all of it paired to high-resolution maps, then stitched together into a seamless virtual environment that pilots could remotely navigate using a VR headset? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 The collages are sans stitching, pieces of cloth glued on the underside and then heat fused by an iron. Dennis Hohenberger, courant.com, "Art Center Opens New Exhibit," 22 Aug. 2019 In kitchens across the land black women stitched grey cotton, or poured soda into the crease of a palm to make biscuits. The Economist, "Obituary: Toni Morrison died on August 5th," 15 Aug. 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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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 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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