one complete movement of a threaded needle through a fabric or material such as to leave behind it a single loop or portion of thread, as in sewing, embroidery, or the surgical closing of wounds.
a loop or portion of thread disposed in place by one such movement in sewing: to rip out stitches.
a particular mode of disposing the thread in sewing or the style of work produced by one such method.
one complete movement of the needle or other implement used in knitting, crocheting, netting, tatting, etc.
the portion of work produced.
a thread, bit, or piece of any fabric or of clothing: to remove every stitch of clothes.
the least bit of anything: He wouldn't do a stitch of work.
a sudden, sharp pain, especially in the intercostal muscles: a stitch in the side.
to work upon, join, mend, or fasten with or as if with stitches; sew (often followed by together): to stitch together flour sacks to make curtains; a plan that was barely stitched together.
to ornament or embellish with stitches: to stitch a shirt with a monogram.
to make stitches, join together, or sew.
Idioms about stitch
in stitches, convulsed with laughter: The comedian had us in stitches all evening.
- stitcher, noun
- stitchlike, adjective
- re·stitch, verb (used with object)
- un·stitch, verb
- un·stitched, adjective
- well-stitched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stitch
a link made by drawing a thread through material by means of a needle
a loop of yarn formed around an implement used in knitting, crocheting, etc
a particular method of stitching or shape of stitch
a sharp spasmodic pain in the side resulting from running or exercising
(usually used with a negative) informal the least fragment of clothing: he wasn't wearing a stitch
agriculture the ridge between two furrows
drop a stitch to allow a loop of wool to fall off a knitting needle accidentally while knitting
in stitches informal laughing uncontrollably
(tr) to sew, fasten, etc, with stitches
(intr) to be engaged in sewing
(tr) to bind together (the leaves of a book, pamphlet, etc) with wire staples or thread
- See also stitch up
- stitcher, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with stitch
In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch
- stitch in time, a
- in stitches
- without a stitch on
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