- 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 stitches
The scene where Linney is placing Hoffman in a head brace will have you in stitches.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Performances: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Capote,’ and More
February 2, 2014
An announcement of this kind, which stitches Palestinian hubs together with trains and buses, would be electrifying.Understanding John Kerry's Logic
July 22, 2013
Andy chooses a song from the Broadway stage production of Zorba the Greek, and the fellas are in stitches.13 Greatest Movie Karaoke Scenes
July 21, 2013
The hapless circus clown whose act opened the show soon had Weston and Caroline in stitches.Oklahoma Farmers Find Ways to Cope While Waiting for Drought to End
October 3, 2012
He was lucky his injuries were minor, the worst being the 40 stitches needed for the gash on his leg.Suicide Crisis: Why the Military Needs Mandatory Mental-Health Services
September 27, 2012
Examining it carefully, she could see neither seam nor stitches.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Knitted, in her own stitches and her own symbols, it will always be as plain to her as the sun.A Tale of Two Cities
Arrange the fur over all stitches by picking it free with tweezers.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
In order that the stitches may draw with ease, they must be taken with great care.
To have ten points you must narrow and widen alternately every seven stitches.
- 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 stitches
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 stitches
In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch
- stitch in time, a
- in stitches
- without a stitch on