Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make (a fabric or garment) by intertwining yarn or thread in a series of connected loops either by hand, with knitting needles, or on a machine.
  • intransitive verb To form (yarn or thread) into fabric by intertwining.
  • intransitive verb To join closely; unite securely.
  • intransitive verb To draw (the brows) together in wrinkles; furrow.
  • intransitive verb To make a fabric or garment by knitting.
  • intransitive verb To become securely joined or mended together closely, as a fractured bone.
  • intransitive verb To come together in wrinkles or furrows, as the brows.
  • noun A fabric or garment made by knitting.
  • noun The way in which a fabric has been knit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To tie together; tie with a knot; fasten by tying; join by making into or as into a knot or knots.
  • Hence To join the parts or ingredients of; put together; compound.
  • To weave by looping or knotting a continuous thread; form by working up yarn or thread with knitting-needles (see knitting-needle) into a fabric held together by a series of knots or interloopings: as, to knit stockings.
  • To form as if by knotting or weaving; put together; join closely; bring into intimate union.
  • To contract into folds or wrinkles: in the phrase to knit the brow or brows.
  • To make a textile fabric by interlooping yarn or thread by means of needles, etc.; make knitted work.
  • To unite closely; grow together: as, broken bones will in time knit and become sound.
  • noun Union by knitting; knitted texture.
  • noun Style or stitch of knitting; character of the work produced by knitting.
  • noun In mining, a small particle of lead ore: commonly in the plural. Also nit, nitting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To form a fabric by interlacing yarn or thread; to weave by making knots or loops.
  • intransitive verb To be united closely; to grow together.
  • intransitive verb [Obs.] to wind up; to conclude; to come to a close.
  • transitive verb To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying.
  • transitive verb To form, as a textile fabric, by the interlacing of yarn or thread in a series of connected loops, by means of needles, either by hand or by machinery.
  • transitive verb To join; to cause to grow together.
  • transitive verb To unite closely; to connect; to engage.
  • transitive verb To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.
  • noun Union knitting; texture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive and (intransitive) To turn thread or yarn into a piece of fabric by forming loops that are pulled through each other. This can be done by hand with needles or by machine.
  • verb figuratively (transitive) To join closely and firmly together.
  • verb intransitive To become closely and firmly joined; become compact(ed).
  • verb intransitive To grow together.
  • verb transitive To combine from various elements.
  • verb intransitive To heal (of bones) following a fracture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun needlework created by interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine
  • noun a fabric made by knitting
  • noun a basic knitting stitch
  • verb tie or link together
  • verb make (textiles) by knitting
  • verb to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English knitten, to tie in a knot, from Old English cnyttan.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English knitten, from Old English cnyttan ("to fasten, tie, bind, knit; add, append"), from Proto-Germanic *knutjanan, *knuttijanan (“to make knots, knit”). Cognate with Old Norse knýta (Danish knytte) and Northern German knütten. More at knot.

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