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

Synonyms for stitch

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Describing their hypothesis in the journal mBio last year, the pair stitch together a circumstantial case. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "Tsunami May Have Seeded a Fungal Outbreak in Pacific Northwest," 23 Dec. 2020 Starting with one of the longer sides of the wallet on top, saddle stitch the leather together [4]. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Timeless Leather Wallet Anyone Will Love," 19 Dec. 2020 Bring the needle back through the cuff, and create a normal-size stitch on the inside. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Sewing," 8 Dec. 2020 My memories of Rafer Johnson stitch well into my childhood, my teens and beyond. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Remembering Rafer Johnson in a Long Year of Lost Sports Legends," 7 Dec. 2020 The new monolith was created using stainless steel and a structural steel frame, Randall Kenney said, along with stitch-welding on the edges and rivets at the top, middle and bottom. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Mysterious monoliths on the move: New one appears in San Luis Obispo," 7 Dec. 2020 Since Monsieur Alaïa’s death three years ago, each season has brought with it a small handful of couture-level pieces, each 100% faithful to the original, down to the very last stitch. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, "Maison Alaïa Launches Editions, a New Collection of Everyday Essentials Made the Azzedine Way," 25 Nov. 2020 The piece is made from a cotton-blend yarn that offers a comfortable amount of stretch, and there are directional stitch details for a more interesting appearance. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 top-selling women’s sweaters to buy before winter," 20 Nov. 2020 With six different stitch options to choose from—including a special four-step buttonhole feature—this machine is versatile enough for any and all of your stitching needs. Popular Science, "Beginner-friendly sewing machines for any home project," 21 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Within their ranks is one restaurant that told the story of Louisiana food to the world, and many others that helped stitch New Orleans neighborhood life together. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Remembering restaurants New Orleans lost in the pandemic, from big names to local gems," 30 Dec. 2020 The goal of the Lightning network is to stitch a patchwork of payment channels together into a global network that allows anyone to pay anyone else. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer," 26 Dec. 2020 There is no ready answer for how to stitch society back together. Washington Post, "Iraq wants thousands displaced by the ISIS war to go home. They may be killed if they do.," 22 Dec. 2020 As the first vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rolled into Britain in refrigerated trucks from Belgium this week, negotiators in London were in the last stages of trying to stitch together a long-term, E.U.-British trade agreement. Mark Landler, New York Times, "For Boris Johnson, a Week to Exorcise the Demons of 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 The closeness of the election, and the likelihood that Republicans will keep the Senate, mean Biden faces a huge challenge in trying to stitch the country together. John Fritze, Detroit Free Press, "Elections newsletter: Biden wins presidency," 8 Nov. 2020 The closeness of the election, and the likelihood that Republicans will keep the Senate, mean Biden faces a huge challenge in trying to stitch the country together. John Fritze, Detroit Free Press, "Elections newsletter: Biden wins presidency," 8 Nov. 2020 Huckaby uses thread, vintage sugar sacks and images of her daughters and intimate acquaintances to stitch histories of Black women and girls connected through time and space. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Letitia Huckaby’s ‘5 Paperdolls’ depicts the promise, power and peril of Black girls," 11 Nov. 2020 The closeness of the election, and the likelihood that Republicans will keep the Senate, mean Biden faces a huge challenge in trying to stitch the country together. John Fritze, Detroit Free Press, "Elections newsletter: Biden wins presidency," 8 Nov. 2020

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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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Last Updated

6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Stitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stitch. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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