I. noun Etymology: Middle English stiche, from Old English stice; akin to Old English stician to stick Date: before 12th century 1. a local sharp and sudden pain especially in the side 2. a. one in-and-out movement of a threaded needle in sewing, embroidering, or suturing b. a portion of thread left in the material or suture left in the tissue after one stitch 3. a least bit especially of clothing <
didn't have a stitch on
4. a single loop of thread or yarn around an implement (as a knitting needle or crochet hook) 5. a stitch or series of stitches formed in a particular way <
a basting stitch
II. verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to fasten, join, or close with or as if with stitches <
stitched a seam
b. to make, mend, or decorate with or as if with stitches 2. to unite by means of staples intransitive verb sewstitcher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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