• Stitching the top of the back
    Stitching the top of the back
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stitch fasten by sewing; do needlework
    • n stitch a link or loop or knot made by an implement in knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or sewing
    • n stitch a sharp spasm of pain in the side resulting from running
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A stitch in time saves nine A stitch in time saves nine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Doctors in Canada use an adhesive similar to Krazy Glue instead of stitches, lowering the possibility of bacterial infection and minimizing scarring
    • Stitch A contortion, or twist. "If you talk,
      Or pull your face into a stitch again,
      I shall be angry."
    • Stitch A furrow.
    • Stitch A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a needle; as, a stitch in the side. "He was taken with a cold and with stitches , which was, indeed, a pleurisy."
    • Stitch A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
    • Stitch A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a link, or loop, of yarn; as, to let down, or drop, a stitch; to take up a stitch.
    • Stitch A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a single pass of the needle; hence, by extension, any space passed over; distance. "You have gone a good stitch .""In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows."
    • Stitch An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some particular way or style; as, cross-stitch; herringbone stitch, etc.
    • Stitch Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every stitch of clothes.
    • Stitch (Agric) To form land into ridges.
    • Stitch To form stitches in; especially, to sew in such a manner as to show on the surface a continuous line of stitches; as, to stitch a shirt bosom.
    • v. i Stitch To practice stitching, or needlework.
    • Stitch To sew, or unite together by stitches; as, to stitch printed sheets in making a book or a pamphlet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A regulation baseball has exactly 108 stitches
    • n stitch An acute sudden pain like that produced by the thrust of a needle; a sharp spasmodic pain, especially in the intercostal muscles: as, a stitch in the side. Such pains in the side may be myalgic, neuralgic, pleuritic, or due to muscular cramp.
    • n stitch A contortion; a grimace; a twist of the face.
    • n stitch In sewing: One movement of a threaded needle, passing in and out of the fabric, and uniting two parts by the thread, which is drawn tight after each insertion.
    • n stitch The part of the thread left in the fabric by this movement.
    • n stitch In knitting, netting, crochet, embroidery, lace-making, etc.: One whole movement of the implement or implements used, as knitting-needles, bobbins, hook, etc.
    • n stitch The result of this movement, shown in the work itself.
    • n stitch The kind or style of work produced by stitching: as, buttonhole-stitch; cross-stitch; pillowlace stitch; by extension, a kind or style of work with the loom. For stitches in lace, see point. See also whip-stitch.
    • n stitch Distance passed over at one time; stretch; distance; way.
    • n stitch In agriculture, a space between two double furrows in plowed ground; a furrow or ridge.
    • n stitch A bit of clothing; a rag: as, he had not a dry stitch on.
    • n stitch In bookbinding, a connection of leaves or pieces of paper, through perforations an inch or so apart, with thread or wire. A single stitch is made with two perforations only, the thread being tied near the entering place of the stitching-needle. A double stitch has three and sometimes four perforations, the thread being reversed in and out on the upper and under side at each perforation. A saddle-back stitch has its perforations in the center of the creased folded double leaves. A side-stitch has perforations through the sides of the leaves, about one eighth of an inch from the back fold. A French stitch has two perforations only in each section of the pamphlet, the second perforation of the first section ending where the first perforation of the second section begins, in which diagonal line the stitching-needle is put through each succeeding section, and is then reversed and locked at the end. A machine-stitch is a succession of ordinary locked stitches made by the sewing-machine. A wire stitch has short staples of turned wire, which are forced through the leaves and clamped by one operation of the wire-stitching machine. See kettle-stitch.
    • n stitch (See also backstitch, chain-stitch, crewel-stitch, cross-stitch, feather-stitch, hemstitch, lock-stitch, rope-stitch, spider-stitch, stem-stitch, streak-stitch, etc.)
    • stitch To unite by stitches; sew.
    • stitch To ornament with stitches.
    • stitch In agriculture, to form into ridges.
    • stitch To mend or unite with a needle and thread: as, to stitch up a rent; to stitch up an artery.
    • stitch To sew; make stitches.
    • n stitch Same as suture.
    • stitch In weaving, to unite by concealed threads, either warp or filling or both, (two or more fabrics), so that they shall appear as one, forming a two-ply, three-ply, etc., fabric.
    • stitch In bookbinding, to pass a thread or flexible wire through perforations made near the back fold of the assembled sections of (an unbound book).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stitch stich a pass of a needle and thread, the part of the thread left in the fabric, a single loop or link: the kind of work produced by stitching—buttonhole-stitch, cross-stitch, &c.: the space between two double furrows: a fastening, as of thread or wire, through the back of a book to connect the leaves: an acute pain, a sharp spasmodic pain, esp. in the intercostal muscles: a bit of clothing, a rag
    • v.t Stitch to sew so as to show a regular line of stitches: to sew or unite
    • v.i Stitch to practise stitching
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  • William Butler Yeats
    “A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught.”


In stitches - If someone is in stitches, they are laughing uncontrollably.
Stitch in time saves nine - A stitch in time saves nine means that if a job needs doing it is better to do it now, because it will only get worse, like a hole in clothes that requires stitching.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stiche, AS. stice, a pricking, akin to stician, to prick. See Stick (v. i.)


In literature:

It is the proverbial stitch in time that saves nine.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The edges of the opening cut may be drawn together by a few coarse stitches.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
As soon as possible after the accident the parts should be brought together and held there by stitches.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
But the stitches had to be so small, and oh, so close together!
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
She did not have to count stitches and make throws, and take up two here and three there.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The effect is produced by reversing the stitch.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
Over stitch instead of tent stitch was the order of the day.
"The Development of Embroidery in America" by Candace Wheeler
Seems if, if she walked in here this minute, we shouldn't have so very many stitches to take up.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
In some ancient specimens the design is worked in feather stitch, and the whole ground in cushion stitch.
"Handbook of Embroidery" by L. Higgin
A stitch in time saves nine, my dear boy.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Now by this name I stitch and mend,
The daughter of my home,
By this name do I save and spend
And when they call, I come.
"The Name" by Anna Hempstead Branch
I knew the dye that he used.
I heard the stitch of my shroud.
I confess I was somewhat amused
At the fury that burst like a cloud.
"Bluebeard’s First Wife" by Leon Gellert
Stitches to show something's missing? No, no? Then
How can we give you a thing?
Stop crying.
Open your hand.
Empty? Empty. Here is a hand
"The Applicant" by Sylvia Plath
I heard the stitch of my shroud,
And all of the world disappeared
At the fury that burst like a cloud
From the heaven’s blue of his beard.
"Bluebeard’s First Wife" by Leon Gellert
Each week I think I'll gain the prize,
And end my sorrows and my sighs,
For I'll be rich;
Then nevermore I'll eat bread dry,
With icy hands to cry and cry
And stitch and stitch.'
"Lottery Ticket" by Robert W Service
But fortune for Merdle by Cupid was cast,
And bade him look higher than wax and the last,
That Merdle his father, with good honest trade,
Had used with the stitches his waxed end had made.
"Nothing To Eat" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

He's a door-to-door salesman with washboard abdominals and a stitch in his heart.
Yarn Retailer Stitches Together a Catalog.
A family physician in Maine, publisher of the Placebo Journal, uses his wit to keep doctors in stitches.
Comedy and horror is stitched together in 'Frankenweenie'.
Pieces of artist's life are stitched into her fabric art.
She explained how she uses stitching to work through problems.
Vast Chinese stitching -shops have no such worries.
' Stitched ' makes quilting look cool.
Quilting superheros and superstars share the screen in Stitched , an entertaining film that follows three quilters who stirred up controversy with their work.
Good memories stitched into time.
A troop's history, stitched in time.
Sarah Lamonica, of Hickory, stitches a quilt Thursday for her adopted granddaughter.
New features include SmartBlend technology and "fish-eye" stitching.
EmbroidMe products go beyond stitching .
Stitching Up Africa Trade.

In science:

Finally, in §5 we will stitch all of this together in order to complete the proof of Proposition 1.
Counting rational points on cubic hypersurfaces
The reduced density matrix can be visualized as stitching together the cylinder on the B side while leaving the A side open.
Quantum noise and entanglement generated by a local quantum quench
Multiple copies of ρA are stitched cyclically on the cut.40,41 In Ref., it was shown using general transformation properties of the stress energy tensor that this branch cut amounts to a twist operator Φn (z ) insertion on the Riemann surface with conformal dimension, ∆n = c 24 (n − 1/n).
Quantum noise and entanglement generated by a local quantum quench
The core and envelope are stitched together and the envelope is adjusted to match the boundary conditions at the interface.
Computational Asteroseismology
Adjusting the helium layer mass involves stitching an envelope with the desired thickness onto the core before starting the evolution.
Computational Asteroseismology