- 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.
- in stitches, convulsed with laughter: The comedian had us in stitches all evening.
Origin of stitch
Examples from the Web for stitch
In that way that was cathartic too, to sort of stitch up all those pieces and see how that is.Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Poet Survival Kit
October 8, 2014
In fact, by the way he challenged my thoughts on the case, I thought perhaps he was aiming to stitch up the media.What It's Like to Watch Kate Beckinsale Play You in a Movie
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 3, 2014
Advice that was given me by Florence Ridley, a professor in graduate school: Stitch, stitch.How I Write: Diane Johnson
January 15, 2014
Also, by carrying an M-4 carbine, everybody knew I was carrying something that could stitch even U.S. body armor.Don’t Arm America: A Soldier’s Reply to Connecticut Shooting
December 18, 2012
He just needs to stitch together all the threads into a coherent vision of the future that includes a vibrant economy.Mitt Romney’s Immigration Gap Highlighted by Supreme Court Arizona Ruling
June 26, 2012
"Now at last I am ready," she said, as she finished her first stitch.The Dream
You reckermember my old sayin', don't you, 'a stitch in time saves nine'?Southern Lights and Shadows
He measured these round his waist, and then began to stitch them together, slowly and laboriously.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
May stopped in the middle of a stitch, and stared at him with something akin to dismay.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
I had a stitch in my side, and both Harold's stockings had come down.The Golden Age
- 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 clothinghe 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
Word Origin and History for stitch
Old English stice "a prick, puncture," from Proto-Germanic *stikiz, from the root of stick (v.). The sense of "sudden, stabbing pain in the side" was in late Old English. Senses in sewing and shoemaking first recorded late 13c.; meaning "bit of clothing one is (or isn't) wearing" is from c.1500. Meaning "a stroke of work" (of any kind) is attested from 1580s. Surgical sense first recorded 1520s. Sense of "amusing person or thing" is 1968, from notion of laughing so much one gets stitches of pain (cf. verbal expression to have (someone) in stitches, 1935).
early 13c., "to stab, pierce," also "to fasten or adorn with stitches;" see stitch (n.). Related: Stitched; stitching.
- A sudden sharp pain, especially in the side.
- A single suture.
- To suture.
Idioms and Phrases with stitch
In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch
- stitch in time, a
- in stitches
- without a stitch on