stitching

[ stich-ing ]
/ ˈstɪtʃ ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that stitches.
a series or line of stitches.
mending by means of sewing.

Nearby words

  1. stitch abscess,
  2. stitch in time, a,
  3. stitch up,
  4. stitch wheel,
  5. stitchery,
  6. stitchwork,
  7. stitchwort,
  8. stithy,
  9. stiver,
  10. stk

Origin of stitching

First recorded in 1515–25; stitch + -ing1

Related formsun·stitch·ing, adjective

stitch

[ stich ]
/ stɪtʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to make stitches, join together, or sew.

Origin of stitch

before 900; (noun) Middle English stiche, Old English stice a thrust, stab; cognate with German Stich prick; akin to stick2; (v.) Middle English stichen to stab, pierce, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for stitching

stitch

/ (stɪtʃ) /

noun

verb

noun, verb

an informal word for suture (def. 1b), suture (def. 6)
See also stitch up

Derived Formsstitcher, noun

Word Origin for stitch

Old English stice sting; related to Old Frisian steke, Old High German stih, Gothic stiks, Old Norse tikta sharp

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Word Origin and History for stitching
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Medicine definitions for stitching

stitch

[ stĭch ]

n.

A sudden sharp pain, especially in the side.
A single suture.

v.

To suture.

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Idioms and Phrases with stitching

stitch

In addition to the idiom beginning with stitch

  • stitch in time, a

also see:

  • in stitches
  • without a stitch on
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