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noun stitch pronunciation in British English /stɪtʃ/
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singularstitch
pluralstitches
  1. 1
    [countable] a short piece of thread that you can see on cloth when it has been sewn

    I put a couple of stitches in just to hold the ends together.

    1. a.
      [countable] a piece of wool that has been put round a needle when you are knitting

      The shawl was knitted with beautiful neat stitches.

      drop a stitch (=let it fall off the needle accidentally)

    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a particular way of making the stitches when you are sewing or knitting

      I can sew, but I can’t do any of the fancy stitches.

  2. 3
    [singular/uncountable] a sharp pain in the side of your body that you sometimes feel when you are running

    I got a stitch and had to stop running.

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