Purl stitch
Stitch Stitch, n. [OE. stiche, AS. stice a pricking, akin to stician to prick. See {Stick}, v. i.] 1. A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

You have gone a good stitch. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

4. A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle; as, a stitch in the side. [1913 Webster]

He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which was, indeed, a pleurisy. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

5. A contortion, or twist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

If you talk, Or pull your face into a stitch again, I shall be angry. --Marston. [1913 Webster]

6. Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every stitch of clothes. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

7. A furrow. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

8. An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some particular way or style; as, cross-stitch; herringbone stitch, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Chain stitch}, {Lock stitch}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Pearl stitch}, or {Purl stitch}. See 2nd {Purl}, 2. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Purl stitch — Purl Purl, n. 1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band. [1913 Webster] A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl. Sir P. Sidney.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purl stitch — I noun a basic knitting stitch • Syn: ↑purl • Derivationally related forms: ↑purl (for: ↑purl) • Hypernyms: ↑knitting stitch …   Useful english dictionary

  • purl stitch — noun Etymology: 1purl Date: 1852 a knitting stitch usually made with the yarn at the front of the work by inserting the right needle into the front of a loop on the left needle from the right, catching the yarn with the right needle, and bringing …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purl stitch — /ˈpɜl stɪtʃ/ (say perl stich) noun → purl2 (def. 5) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Stitch — Stitch, n. [OE. stiche, AS. stice a pricking, akin to stician to prick. See {Stick}, v. i.] 1. A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made. [1913 Webster] 2. A single turn of the thread round a needle in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purl — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a knitting stitch) made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from right to left. Compare with PLAIN(Cf. ↑plainness) (in sense 8). ► VERB ▪ knit with a purl stitch. ORIGIN origin uncertain …   English terms dictionary

  • Purl — Purl, n. 1. An embroidered and puckered border; a hem or fringe, often of gold or silver twist; also, a pleat or fold, as of a band. [1913 Webster] A triumphant chariot made of carnation velvet, enriched withpurl and pearl. Sir P. Sidney. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purl — I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. gold or silver thread or wire for embroidering or edging 2. the intertwisting of thread that knots a stitch usually along an edge 3. purl stitch II. verb Date: 1526 transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purl — I [[t]pɜrl[/t]] n. 1) clo tex a basic stitch in knitting, the reverse of the knit, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn back through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle 2) clo tex one of a series of small loops …   From formal English to slang

  • purl — I. /pɜl / (say perl) verb (i) 1. to flow with curling or rippling motions, as a shallow stream does over stones. 2. to flow with a murmuring sound. 3. to pass in a manner or with a sound likened to this. –noun 4. the action or sound of purling. 5 …   Australian English dictionary

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