verb (used with object), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.
- to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles 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), knit·ted or knit, knit·ting.
- 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 knitted 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 purl1(def 3).
verb knits, knitting, knitted or 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
- a fabric or garment made by knitting
- (in combination)a heavy knit
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.