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 it through to form a new loop — compare knit stitch

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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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