knitting

[ nit-ing ]
/ ˈnɪt ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that knits.
the act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn.
knitted work.

Idioms

    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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at knit, -ing1

Definition for knitting (2 of 2)

knit

[ nit ]
/ nɪt /

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 forms

knit·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for knitting (1 of 2)

knitting

/ (ˈnɪtɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for knitting (2 of 2)

knit

/ (nɪt) /

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 Forms

knittable, 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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Medicine definitions for knitting

knitting

[ nĭtĭng ]

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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