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knitting

[nit-ing] /ˈnɪt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that knits.
2.
the act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn.
3.
knitted work.
Idioms
4.
stick / tend to one's knitting,
  1. to mind one's own business:
    Don't worry about my work—just tend to your knitting.
  2. to devote oneself to one's assignments or responsibilities:
    Years of sticking to his knitting finally paid off.
Origin of knitting
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at knit, -ing1

knit

[nit] /nɪt/
verb (used with object), knitted or knit, knitting.
1.
to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
2.
to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often followed by together):
The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
3.
to contract into folds or wrinkles:
to knit the brow.
4.
to form or create from diverse sources or elements:
She knitted her play from old folk tales and family anecdotes.
verb (used without object), knitted or knit, knitting.
5.
to become closely and firmly joined together; grow together, as broken bones do.
6.
to contract into folds or wrinkles, as the brow.
7.
to become closely and intimately united.
noun
8.
fabric produced by knitting.
9.
a knitted garment.
10.
a style or type of knitting.
11.
the basic stitch in knitting, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn forward through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle.
Compare purl1 (def 3).
Origin
before 1000; Middle English knitte, Old English cnyttan to tie; cognate with German knütten; see knot1
Related forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
preknit, verb (used with object), preknitted or preknit, preknitting.
reknit, verb, reknitted or reknit, reknitting.
Synonyms
2. bind, link, unite.
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Examples from the Web for knitting
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Suddenly she came to her feet, and tossed her knitting on the bed.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • What wonder that days became as years in knitting them together!

  • For that purpose it is better than an arm-chair and a pipe, or a piece of knitting.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Her knitting was before her, but she had laid it down to pick her teeth with a toothpick.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The fingers of the knitting women were vicious, with the experience that they could tear.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for knitting

knitting

/ˈnɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. knitted work or the process of producing it
  2. (as modifier): a knitting machine

knit

/nɪt/
verb knits, knitting, knitted, knit
1.
to make (a garment, etc) by looping and entwining (yarn, esp wool) by hand by means of long eyeless needles (knitting needles) or by machine (knitting machine)
2.
to join or be joined together closely
3.
to draw (the brows) together or (of the brows) to come together, as in frowning or concentrating
4.
(of a broken bone) to join together; heal
noun
5.
  1. a fabric or garment made by knitting
  2. (in combination): a heavy knit
Derived Forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnyttan to tie in; related to Middle Low German knütten to knot together; see knot1
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Word Origin and History for knitting
n.

"knitted work," 1848, from present participle of knit (v.). Knitting-needle is from 1590s.

knit

v.

Old English cnyttan "to tie with a knot, bind, fasten," related to Old Norse knytja "bind together," Middle Low German knütten "to tie, knot," Old English cnotta "a knot," from Proto-Germanic *knuttjan, from stem *knutt-. Of brows, late 14c. Meaning "to do knitting" (especially plain stitch) is from 1520s. Related: Knitted; knitting.

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knitting in Medicine

knitting knit·ting (nĭt'ĭng)
n.
The physiological process by which the fragments of a broken bone are united or the edges of a wound are closed.

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