[nit] /nɪt/

verb (used with object), knitted or knit, knitting.
to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with or by machine.
to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often followed by together):
The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
to contract into folds or wrinkles:
to knit the brow.
to form or create from diverse sources or elements:
She knitted her play from old folk tales and family anecdotes.
verb (used without object), knitted or knit, knitting.
to become closely and firmly joined together; grow together, as broken bones do.
to contract into folds or wrinkles, as the brow.
to become closely and intimately united.
fabric produced by knitting.
a garment.
a style or type of knitting.
the basic stitch in knitting, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn forward through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle.
Compare 1 (def 3).
verb knits, knitting, knitted, knit
to make (a garment, etc) by looping and entwining (yarn, esp wool) by hand by means of long eyeless needles (knitting needles) or by machine (knitting machine)
to join or be joined together closely
to draw (the brows) together or (of the brows) to come together, as in frowning or concentrating
(of a broken bone) to join together; heal


mid-15c., agent noun from knit (v.).

Old English cnyttan “to tie with a knot, bind, fasten,” related to Old Norse knytja “bind together,” Middle Low German knütten “to tie, knot,” Old English cnotta “a knot,” from Proto-Germanic *knuttjan, from stem *knutt-. Of brows, late 14c. Meaning “to do knitting” (especially plain stitch) is from 1520s. Related: Knitted; knitting.


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