- A stitch is defined as a loop of thread or yarn used to close a wound or fabric, or a tiny item of clothing, or a sudden sharp pain in your side that results from exercise.
- An embroidery method is an example of a stitch.
- When a doctor has sewed up a cut with thread to pull the skin together, this is an example of a stitch.
- A tiny little skirt is an example of a stitch of clothing.
- A pain in your side you get when you run is an example of a stitch.
- The definition of stitch is to join or adorn with yarn or thread.
When you sew a hem, this is an example of when you stitch.
- a single complete in-and-out movement of the threaded needle in sewing
- suture (sense )
- a single loop of yarn worked off a needle in knitting, crocheting, etc.
- the piece of thread worked in, or a loop, knot, etc. made, by stitching
- a particular kind of stitch or style of stitching
- a sudden, sharp pain in the side or back
- a bit or piece; specif., an article of clothing: wearing not a stitch
Origin of stitchMiddle English stiche from Old English stice, a puncture, stab: for Indo-European base see stick
- to fasten, join, repair, adorn, or operate upon with or as with stitches; sew
- to fasten or unite (cartons, booklets, etc.) with staples
- a. A single complete movement of a threaded needle in sewing or surgical suturing: made multiple stitches.b. A single loop of thread or yarn made with an implement such as a sewing or knitting needle.c. A single loop or knot of thread used in closing a wound or incision in surgery; a suture.d. A way of arranging the threads in sewing, knitting, crocheting, or suturing: used a purl stitch.
- A sudden sharp pain, especially in the side. See Synonyms at pain.
- Informal An article of clothing: wore not a stitch.
- Informal The least part; a bit: didn't do a stitch of work.
verbstitched, stitch·ing, stitch·es
- a. To fasten or join with stitches.b. To mend or repair with stitches: stitched up the tear.
- To decorate or ornament, as with stitches: “The sky was stitched with stars” ( Mario Puzo )
- To fasten together with staples or thread.
Origin of stitchMiddle English stiche from Old English stice sting ; see steig- in Indo-European roots.
- A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
- An arrangement of stitches in sewing, or method of stitching in some particular way or style.
- cross stitch
- herringbone stitch
- (sports) An intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage, caused by internal organs pulling downwards on the diaphragm during exercise.
- A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn
- drop a stitch
- take up a stitch
- An arrangement of stitches in knitting, or method of knitting in some particular way or style.
- A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle.
- Hence, by extension, any space passed over; distance.
- You have gone a good stitch. "” John Bunyan.
- In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows. "” Holland.
- A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle.
- a stitch in the side
- (colloquial) Any least part of a fabric or dress.
- to wet every stitch of clothes.
- She didn't have a stitch on
- A furrow.
From Middle English stiche, from Old English stiÄ‹e (“a prick, puncture, stab, thrust with a pointed implement, pricking sensation, stitch, pain in the side, sting"), from Proto-Germanic *stikiz (“prick, piercing, stitch"), from Proto-Indo-European *steg- (“to stab, pierce"). Cognate with Dutch steek (“prick, stitch"), German Stich (“a prick, piercing, stitch"), Old English stician (“to stick, stab, pierce, prick"). More at stick.
(third-person singular simple present stitches, present participle stitching, simple past and past participle stitched)
- To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches.
- to stitch a shirt bosom.
- To sew, or unite or attach by stitches.
- to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
- (agriculture) To form land into ridges.
- (intransitive) To practice/practise stitching or needlework.
- (computing, graphics) To combine two or more photographs of the same scene into a single image.
- I can use this software to stitch together a panorama.
From Old English stiÄ‹ian