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From Middle English stiche, from Old English sti?e (“a prick, puncture, stab, thrust with a pointed implement, pricking sensation, stitch, pain in the side, sting”), from Proto-Germanic *stikiz (“prick, piercing, stitch”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg- (“to stab, pierce”). Cognate with Dutch steek (“prick, stitch”), German Stich (“a prick, piercing, stitch”), Old English stician (“to stick, stab, pierce, prick”). More at stick.
stitch (plural stitches)
- A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
- An arrangement of stitches in sewing, or method of stitching in some particular way or style.
- An intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the ribcage, brought on by exercise.
- A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn
- An arrangement of stitches in knitting, or method of knitting in some particular way or style.
- A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle.
- A fastening, as of thread or wire, through the back of a book to connect the pages.
- (by extension) Any space passed over; distance.
- A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle.
- (obsolete) A contortion, or twist.
- (colloquial) Any least part of a fabric or dress.
- A furrow.
- The space between two double furrows.
From Middle English sticchen, stichen, from Old English *sti??an, sti??ian, from Proto-Germanic *stikjan? (“to stab, stick, prick”), influenced by the noun (see above).
- To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches.
- To sew, or unite or attach by stitches.
- (intransitive) To practice/practise stitching or needlework.
- (agriculture) To form land into ridges.
- To weld together through a series of connecting or overlapping spot welds.
- (computing, graphics) To combine two or more photographs of the same scene into a single image.
- (more generally) To include, combine, or unite into a single whole.