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From Middle English knytten, from Old English cnyttan (“to fasten, tie, bind, knit; add, append”), from Proto-West Germanic *knuttijan, from Proto-Germanic *knutjaną, *knuttijaną (“to make knots, knit”).
- (transitive, 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.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837, page 6:
- Come, knit hands, and beate the ground
In a light fantastick round.
- 1672, Richard Wiseman, A Treatise of Wounds, London: Richard Royston,
- Nature cannot knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge.
- (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 together his testimony from contradictory pieces of hearsay.
- (intransitive, of bones) To heal 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.
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- When your head did but ache,
I knit my handkercher about your brows,
- (transitive) To draw together; to contract into wrinkles.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- He knits his brow and shows an angry eye,
to make fabric from thread or yarn
to join closely together
intransitive: to become closely joined
to combine from various elements
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knit (plural knits)
- A knitted garment.
- 2012, Melanie Calvert, Freycinet, page 105:
- There are grey Grecian tops and a light, sheer, silver cardigan. Stylish dark grey tailored trousers, silver thongs and shiny jet-black stilettos. Black sheer blouses with squared bib fronts, and expensive-looking black and dark grey woollen knits.
- A session of knitting.
- 2014, Elvira Woodruff, To Knit or Not to Knit:
- It's always time for a bit of a knit.