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[nit-id] /ˈnɪt ɪd/
made by knitting, as a cloth article:
a knitted bedspread.
Origin of knitted
1850-55; knit + -ed2


[nit] /nɪt/
verb (used with object), knitted or knit, knitting.
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), knitted or knit, knitting.
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).
before 1000; Middle English knitte, Old English cnyttan to tie; cognate with German knütten; see knot1
Related forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
preknit, verb (used with object), preknitted or preknit, preknitting.
reknit, verb, reknitted or reknit, reknitting.
2. bind, link, unite. Unabridged
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  • There were six children in the house, and she knitted and sewed and baked and brewed for us all.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Strange, by what slender threads our lives are knitted to each other!

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • The duke was grave, and his knitted brow bespoke bitter reflection.

    Marguerite de Valois Alexandre Dumas
  • Hetty knitted her brows, and looked at him in her turn, scrutinizingly.

  • Work round and round till the end of your knitted rat-tail appears out of the tube at the lower end.

    The Playwork Book Ann Macbeth
  • knitted, in her own stitches and her own symbols, it will always be as plain to her as the sun.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • One of the hated names that she knitted over and over again was "Evrmonde."

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for knitted


verb knits, knitting, knitted, 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
  1. a fabric or garment made by knitting
  2. (in combination): a heavy knit
Derived Forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnyttan to tie in; related to Middle Low German knütten to knot together; see knot1
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Word Origin and History for knitted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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