Pronunciation Noun

stitch (plural stitches)

  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. An intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage, brought on by 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. A fastening, as of thread or wire, through the back of a book to connect the pages.
  8. (by extension) Any space passed over; distance.
    • You have gone a good stitch.
    • In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plough, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows.
  9. A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle.
    a stitch in the side
    • He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which was, indeed, a pleurisy.
  10. (obsolete) A contortion, or twist.
    • If you talk, / Or pull your face into a stitch again, / I shall be angry.
  11. (colloquial) Any least part of a fabric or dress.
    to wet every stitch of clothes
    She didn't have a stitch on.
  12. A furrow.
  13. The space between two double furrows.
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  • German: Strickmuster
  • Portuguese: ponto
Translations Translations Verb

stitch (stitches, present participle stitching; 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 or attach by stitches.
    to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
  3. (intransitive) To practice/practise stitching or needlework.
  4. (agriculture) To form land into ridges.
  5. To weld together through a series of connecting or overlapping spot welds.
  6. (computing, graphics) To combine two or more photographs of the same scene into a single image.
    I can use this software to stitch together a panorama.
  7. (more generally) To include, combine, or unite into a single whole.
  • (form stitches in) sew
  • (unite by stitches) sew, sew together, stitch together
  • (form land into ridges) plough (British), plow (US)

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