- to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
- to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often followed by together): The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
- to contract into folds or wrinkles: to knit the brow.
- to form or create from diverse sources or elements: She knitted her play from old folk tales and family anecdotes.
- to become closely and firmly joined together; grow together, as broken bones do.
- to contract into folds or wrinkles, as the brow.
- to become closely and intimately united.
Origin of knit
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Examples from the Web for knit
There were little blond girls in knit hats next to elderly African American women hobbling on canes.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence
December 13, 2014
I had to lie abed for a month until my psyche began to knit and mend.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
After Hashi was led out, Ahmed was brought in, also wearing a white knit kufi, also silent.Brooklyn Is the New Guantánamo for Three Suspected Al-Shabab Members
September 26, 2013
Speaking of threads, it occurred to me on the walk over here that your last name has the word “knit” in it.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More
July 2, 2013
A man in a knit cap called out to the friar on duty, Father Paul Lostritto.The Pope Francis’ Homeless Fans
March 14, 2013
The lawyer's brows were knit as he faced the proprietor of the store.Within the Law
When I was her age I could have knit the whole side of a house in less time.In the Valley
On my telling him that I had not, he knit his brows, and looked at me very sternly.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
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.The Gentleman From Indiana
- 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
- a fabric or garment made by knitting
- (in combination)a heavy knit
Word Origin and History for knit
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.