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.
knit (third-person singular simple present knits, present participle knitting, simple past and past participle knit or knitted)
- (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.
- The first generation knitted to order, the second still knits for its own use, the next leave knitting to industrial manufacturers
- (figuratively, transitive) To join closely and firmly together.
- The joint fight for survival knitted the men closely together.
- (intransitive) To become closely and firmly joined; become compact(ed).
- (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.
to make fabric from thread or yarn
intransitive: to become closely joined
to combine from various elements
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