Meaning of STITCH in English


/ stɪtʃ; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ C ] one of the small lines of thread that you can see on a piece of cloth after it has been sewn; the action that produces this :

Try to keep the stitches small and straight.

—picture at embroidery


[ C ] one of the small circles of wool that you make around the needle when you are knitting :

to drop a stitch (= to lose one that you have made)


[ C , U ] (especially in compounds) a particular style of sewing or knitting that you use to make the pattern you want :

chain stitch


[ C ] a short piece of thread, etc. that doctors use to sew the edges of a wound together :

The cut needed eight stitches.


[ C , usually sing. ] a sudden pain in the side of your body, usually caused by running or laughing :

Can we slow down? I've got a stitch.


- in stitches

- not have a stitch on | not be wearing a stitch

- a stitch in time (saves nine)

■ verb [ vn ]


to use a needle and thread to repair, join, or decorate pieces of cloth

SYN sew :

Her wedding dress was stitched by hand.

( figurative )

An agreement was hastily stitched together (= made very quickly) .


stitch sth (up) to sew the edges of a wound together :

The cut will need to be stitched.


- stitch sb up

- stitch sth up



Old English stice a puncture, stabbing pain , of Germanic origin; related to German Stich a sting, prick, also to the verb stick . The sense loop (in sewing etc.) arose in Middle English .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.