- A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of the thread thus made.
- 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.
- 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." [Bunyan.]"In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their plow, and take no deep stitch in making their furrows." [Holland.]
Etymology: Cf. OE. sticche stecche stucche, a piece, AS. stycce. Cf. Stock
- 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." [Bp. Burnet.]
- A contortion, or twist.(Obs)"If you talk, Or pull your face into a stitch again, I shall be angry." [Marston.]
- Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every stitch of clothes.(Colloq)
- A furrow.
- An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some particular way or style; as, cross- stitch; herringbone stitch, etc.
Etymology: OE. stiche, AS. stice a pricking, akin to stician to prick. See Stick (v. i.)