Meaning of STITCH in English


I. stitch 1 /stɪtʃ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: stice 'prick' ]

1 . SEWING [countable] a short piece of thread that has been sewn into a piece of cloth, or the action of the thread going into and out of the cloth

2 . FOR WOUND [countable] a piece of special thread which has been used to sew the edges of a wound together:

He had to have ten stitches in his head.

3 . PAIN [countable usually singular] a sharp pain in the side of your body, which you can get by running or laughing a lot

4 . WITH WOOL [countable] a small circle of wool that is formed around a needle when you are ↑ knitting

drop a stitch (=lose a stitch because the wool has come off the needle)

5 . STYLE [uncountable and countable] a particular way of sewing or ↑ knitting that makes a particular pattern:

Purl and plain are the two main stitches in knitting.

6 . not have a stitch on informal to be wearing no clothes

7 . in stitches laughing a lot in an uncontrollable way

have/keep somebody in stitches (=make someone laugh)

Her jokes had us all in stitches.

8 . a stitch in time (saves nine) spoken used to say that it is better to deal with problems early than to wait until they get worse

II. stitch 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

to sew two pieces of cloth together, or to sew a decoration onto a piece of cloth:

Mary is stitching a bedspread.

stitch something onto/across something

The jersey has his name stitched across the back.

stitch something ↔ together phrasal verb American English

1 . to put different things or parts of something together to make one larger thing:

In ten years, they have been able to stitch together a national network of banks.

2 . to get a deal or agreement arranged

stitch somebody/something ↔ up phrasal verb

1 . to put stitches in cloth or a wound in order to fasten parts of it together:

She stitched up the cut and left it to heal.

2 . to get a deal or agreement completed satisfactorily so that it cannot be changed:

The deal was stitched up in minutes.

3 . British English informal to deceive someone, especially in order to gain money from them

4 . British English informal to make someone seem guilty of a crime by providing false information SYN frame

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.