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Tied herringbone stitch.

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English stiċe

Noun

Singular
stitch

Plural
es

stitch (es)
  1. A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
  2. An arrangement of stitches in sewing, or method of stitching in some particular way or style.
    cross stitch
    herringbone stitch
  3. (sports) An intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage, caused by internal organs pulling downwards on the diaphragm during exercise.
  4. A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn
    drop a stitch
    take up a stitch
  5. An arrangement of stitches in knitting, or method of knitting in some particular way or style.
  6. A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle.
  7. Hence, by extension, any space passed over; distance.
    Quotations
    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.
  8. A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle.
    a stitch in the side
    Quotations
    He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which was, indeed, a pleurisy. — Bp. Burnet.
  9. (obsolete) A contortion, or twist.
    Quotations
    If you talk, Or pull your face into a stitch again, I shall be angry. — Marston.
  10. (colloquial) Any least part of a fabric or dress.
    to wet every stitch of clothes.
    She didn't have a stitch on
  11. A furrow. (Chapman)
Translations

furrow See furrow

Etymology 2

Old English stiċian

Verb

Infinitive
to stitch

Third person singular
stitches

Simple past
stitched

Past participle
-

Present participle
stitching

to stitch (third-person singular simple present stitches, present participle stitching, simple past and past participle stitched)
  1. To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches.
    to stitch a shirt bosom.
  2. To sew, or unite by stitches.
    to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
  3. (agriculture) To form land into ridges.
  4. (intransitive) To practice/practise stitching or needlework.
Synonyms
Translations

form stitches in See sew

unite by stitches See sew together

agriculture: to form land into ridges See plough/plow

Synonyms
Translations

See sew

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