• WordNet 3.6
    • v backstitch do backstitches
    • n backstitch an overlapping stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle of the preceding one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backstitch A stitch made by setting the needle back of the end of the last stitch, and bringing it out in front of the end.
    • v. t Backstitch To sew with backstitches; as, to backstitch a seam.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backstitch A method of sewing in which each stitch overlaps or doubles back on the preceding one, the needle entering behind the thread at the end of the stitch already made and coming out in front of it.
    • backstitch To sew with stitches which overlap each other. See backstitch, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Backstitch a method of sewing in which, for every new stitch, the needle enters behind, and comes out in front of, the end of the previous one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Back, adv. + stitch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.


In literature:

I turned it over with a backstitch on the selvage edge.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
They made awful close stitches and backstitched every now and then to make it hold.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
Lap ends one-fourth inch and backstitch closely at each edge of flap.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
This is one of the few machines producing a backstitch or half backstitch to realize any commercial success.
"The Invention of the Sewing Machine" by Grace Rogers Cooper
Rhoda Hanlan the Masseuse was ostentatiously sewed with double thread and backstitched at that.
"The Sick-a-Bed Lady" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Fasten the threads securely by taking two or three backstitches.
"Handicraft for Girls" by Idabelle McGlauflin

In news:

Then use two strands of green floss to backstitch on lines.