knit

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verb (used with object), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.

verb (used without object), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.

noun


Origin of knit

before 1000; Middle English knitte, Old English cnyttan to tie; cognate with German knütten; see knot1
Related formsknit·ta·ble, adjectiveknit·ter, nounpre·knit, verb (used with object), pre·knit·ted or pre·knit, pre·knit·ting.re·knit, verb, re·knit·ted or re·knit, re·knit·ting.

Synonyms for knit

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Examples from the Web for knit

Contemporary Examples of knit

Historical Examples of knit

  • The lawyer's brows were knit as he faced the proprietor of the store.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • When I was her age I could have knit the whole side of a house in less time.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • On my telling him that I had not, he knit his brows, and looked at me very sternly.

  • He was knit to Lyddy by every tie of gratitude and affection.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • She knit her brow for a second—but she did not betray an instant's indecision.


British Dictionary definitions for knit

knit

verb knits, knitting, knitted or knit

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)
to join or be joined together closely
to draw (the brows) together or (of the brows) to come together, as in frowning or concentrating
(of a broken bone) to join together; heal

noun

  1. a fabric or garment made by knitting
  2. (in combination)a heavy knit
Derived Formsknittable, adjectiveknitter, noun

Word Origin for knit

Old English cnyttan to tie in; related to Middle Low German knütten to knot together; see knot 1
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Word Origin and History for 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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