backstitch
noun Date: 1611 a stitch sewn one stitch length backward on the front side and two stitch lengths forward on the reverse side to form a solid line of stitching on both sides • backstitch verb

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  • Backstitch — or back stitch and its variants stem stitch, outline stitch and split stitch are a class of embroidery and sewing stitches in which individual stitches are made backward to the general direction of sewing. These stitches form lines and are most… …   Wikipedia

  • Backstitch — Back stitch , v. t. To sew with backstitches; as, to backstitch a seam. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Backstitch — Back stitch , n. [Back, adv. + stitch.] A stitch made by setting the needle back of the end of the last stitch, and bringing it out in front of the end. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backstitch — [bak′stich΄] n. a stitch made by doubling the thread back on part of the previous stitch vt., vi. to sew with backstitches …   English World dictionary

  • backstitch — 1. noun A type of sewing stitch where the stitch goes backwards on the top side of the fabric and doubles forward on the bottom, coming out farther in front, then repeats. The backstitch is a very tight and secure stitch, and also looks very neat …   Wiktionary

  • backstitch — /bak stich /, n. 1. stitching or a stitch in which the thread is doubled back on the preceding stitch. v.t., v.i. 2. to sew by backstitch. [1605 15; BACK2 + STITCH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • backstitch — noun a method of sewing with overlapping stitches. verb sew using backstitch …   English new terms dictionary

  • backstitch — back•stitch [[t]ˈbækˌstɪtʃ[/t]] n. 1) clo stitching or a stitch in which the thread is doubled back on the preceding stitch 2) clo to sew by backstitch • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • backstitch — /ˈbækstɪtʃ/ (say bakstich) noun 1. stitching or a stitch in which the thread doubles back each time on the preceding stitch. –verb (i) 2. to make such stitches. –verb (t) 3. to sew by backstitch …   Australian English dictionary

  • backstitch — n. & v. n. sewing with overlapping stitches. v.tr. & intr. sew using backstitch …   Useful english dictionary

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