Stitch

Definition of Stitch

n.1.A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
2.A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn; as, to let down, or drop, a stitch; to take up a stitch.
3.A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle; hence, by extension, any space passed over; distance.
You have gone a good stitch.
- Bunyan.
In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows.
- Holland.
4.A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle; as, a stitch in the side.
He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which was, indeed, a pleurisy.
- Bp. Burnet.
5.A contortion, or twist.
If you talk,
Or pull your face into a stitch again,
I shall be angry.
- Marston.
6.Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every stitch of clothes.
7.A furrow.
8.An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some particular way or style; as, cross-stitch; herringbone stitch, etc.
Chain stitch
See in the Vocabulary.
Pearl stitch
See 2nd Purl, 2.
v. t.1.To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches; as, to stitch a shirt bosom.
[imp. & p. p. Stitched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stitching.]
2.To sew, or unite together by stitches; as, to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
3.(Agric.) To form land into ridges.
To stitch up
to mend or unite with a needle and thread; as, to stitch up a rent; to stitch up an artery.
v. i.1.To practice stitching, or needlework.

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