Stitch (?), n. [OE. stiche, AS. stice a pricking, akin to stician to prick. See Stick, v. i.]


A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.


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. [Cf. OE. sticche, stecche, stucche, a piece, AS. stycce. Cf. Stock.]

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.

In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows.


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.


A contortion, or twist. [Obs.]

If you talk,
Or pull your face into a stitch again,
I shall be angry.


Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every stitch of clothes. [Colloq.]


A furrow. Chapman.

Chain stitch, Lock stitch. See in the Vocabulary. --
Pearl, or Purl stitch. See 2nd Purl, 2.


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Stitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stitched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stitching.]


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.


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.


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Stitch, v. i.

To practice stitching, or needlework.


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Stitch (?), n.

An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some particular way or style; as, cross-stitch; herringbone stitch, etc.


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