From Middle English knitten, from Old English cnyttan (“to fasten, tie, bind, knit; add, append”), from Proto-Germanic *knutjaną, *knuttijaną (“to make knots, knit”). Cognate with Old Norse knýta (Danish knytte) and Northern German knütten. More at knot.
- (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.
- to knit a stocking
- The first generation knitted to order; the second still knits for its own use; the next leaves knitting to industrial manufacturers.
- (figuratively, transitive) To join closely and firmly together.
- The fight for survival knitted the men closely together.
- Nature cannot knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge.
- Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit.
- Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, / In a light fantastic round.
- A link among the days, to knit / The generations each to each.
- (intransitive) To become closely and firmly joined; become compacted.
- (intransitive) To grow together.
- All those seedlings knitted into a kaleidoscopic border.
- (transitive) To combine from various elements.
- The witness knitted his testimony from contradictory pieces of hearsay.
- (intransitive) To heal (of bones) following a fracture.
- I’ll go skiing again after my bones knit.
- (transitive) To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying.
- Bible, Acts x. 11
- a great sheet knit at the four corners
- When your head did but ache, / I knit my handkercher about your brows.
- Bible, Acts x. 11
- To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.
- He knits his brow and shows an angry eye.
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