Origin of stitching
- 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 stitching
Contemporary Examples of stitching
The doctors in the field clinics always got her to do the stitching because she was so good at it.Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo: Remembering A City Wracked By The Arab Spring
January 26, 2014
There she was—tomboyish and slight—beside her mother, who was stitching.On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother
September 10, 2013
There was a scar that stretched across the top of her head that looked quite like the stitching on the top of a football.Elizabeth Taylor's Greatest Gift
March 24, 2011
Castle built geese with wings puffing out from their bodies by layering pieces of cardboard then stitching them together.The Accidental Artist
October 15, 2009
Historical Examples of stitching
You finish by stitching up the centre of each row on a single thread.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
For Wally it was a tommy gun—just stitching him up and down, you know, back and forth.The Hated
I had nothing to make it interesting; it was just stitching, stitching, stitching on seams!Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
This would be of great help in the carrying out of the stitching.Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving
He went back to his saddler shop, where he sat all day stitching.
- 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 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch
- stitch in time, a
- in stitches
- without a stitch on