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stitchnoun

uk   /stɪtʃ/ us   /stɪtʃ/
  • stitch noun (THREAD)

C2 [C] a piece of thread sewn in cloth, or the single movement of a needle and thread into and out of the cloth that produces this: Secure the two pieces together with a couple of stitches.
[C] one of the small circles of wool that you make when you are knitting: He cast on/off a stitch (= added/removed a length of thread from the needle). I've dropped a stitch (= lost a length of thread from the needle).
[C] a particular type of stitch made in sewing or knitting, or the pattern that this produces: a pearl/satin stitch The bedspread was embroidered with cross-stitch.
C2 [C] a length of special thread used to join the edges of a deep cut in the flesh: Her head wounds needed 50 stitches. He got hit with a broken bottle and needed five stitches in his cheek.
not a stitch informal
without any clothes: I don't have a stitch to wear (= I do not have anything suitable to wear) for this party tonight. She ran down the hall to the bathroom without a stitch on (= naked).

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  • stitch noun (PAIN)

[C usually singular] a sharp pain in the side of your stomach or chest, often caused by not breathing enough when running or laughing: I got a stitch after running for the bus.

stitchverb

uk   /stɪtʃ/ us   /stɪtʃ/
[I or T] to sew two things together, or to repair something by sewing: This button needs to be stitched back onto my shirt. Stitch the pieces together along the fold.
[T] Indian English to make a piece of clothing: I must discard these old shirts and stitch some before next summer.
stitching
noun [U] uk   /ˈstɪtʃ.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈstɪtʃ.ɪŋ/
The stitching along my coat hem is coming undone.
(Definition of stitch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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stitchnoun [C]

us   /stɪtʃ/
  • stitch noun [C] (THREAD)

a piece of thread sewn in cloth, or the single movement of a needle and thread into and out of the cloth that produces this: She sewed neat, firm stitches.
A stitch is also a length of special thread used to join the edges of a deep cut in the flesh: A cut on his left ankle required six stitches.
  • stitch noun [C] (PAIN)

a sharp pain in the side of your stomach or chest: I got a stitch while I was running.

stitchverb [T]

us   /stɪtʃ/
  • stitch verb [T] (USE THREAD)

to sew two things together, or to repair something by sewing: His name is stitched onto the back of his boxing trunks.
Someone who has been stitched up has had a deep cut closed with stitches: [M] The operation started at 8 a.m., and Bobby was stitched up by midafternoon.
(Definition of stitch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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