Definition of “stitch” - English Dictionary

“stitch” in British English

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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

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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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)

“stitch” in American English

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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.

Idiom(s)

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)