Pronunciation Verb

knit (knits, present participle knitting; past and past participle knit)

  1. (ambitransitive) To turn thread or yarn into a piece of fabric by forming loops that are pulled through each other. This can be done by hand with needles or by machine.
    to knit a stocking
    The first generation knitted to order; the second still knits for its own use; the next leaves knitting to industrial manufacturers.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To join closely and firmly together.
    The fight for survival knitted the men closely together.
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's sonnets 26,
      Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
      Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit,
      To thee I send this written embassage,
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Books of Samuel 18:1,
      And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
    • 1637, John Milton, Comus (Milton), London: Humphrey Robinson, p. 6,
      Come, knit hands, and beate the ground
      In a light fantastick round.
    • 1672, Richard Wiseman, A Treatise of Wounds, London: Richard Royston,
      Nature cannot knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge.
    • 1850, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H., London: Edward Moxon, Canto 39, p. 60,
      Her office there to rear, to teach,
      Becoming as is meet and fit
      A link among the days, to knit
      The generations each with each;
  3. (intransitive) To become closely and firmly joined; become compacted.
  4. (intransitive) To grow together.
    All those seedlings knitted into a kaleidoscopic border.
  5. (transitive) To combine from various elements.
    The witness knitted together his testimony from contradictory pieces of hearsay.
  6. (intransitive) Of bones: to heal following a fracture.
    I’ll go skiing again after my bones knit.
  7. (transitive) To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, King John (play), Act IV, Scene 1,
      When your head did but ache,
      I knit my handkercher about your brows,
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Book of Acts 10:11,
      [He] saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners […]
  8. (transitive) To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.
    • c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act III, Scene 1,
      He knits his brow and shows an angry eye,
  • French: tricoter
  • German: stricken
  • Italian: lavorare a maglia, (please verify) sferruzzare
  • Portuguese: tricotar
  • Russian: вяза́ть
  • Spanish: hacer punto, tricotar, tejer
Translations Translations Translations Noun

knit (plural knits)

  1. A knitted garment.
  2. A session of knitting.

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