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Knit appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Gelatin knit a leg!
  • I, Rasputin, knit up Sari.
  • Put it in, knit it, add a tit in, knit it up!
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun knit:

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The word knit is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun knit

What does knit mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: knits

  1. a fabric made by knitting
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    • more specific terms:
      • balbriggan = a cotton knit fabric used for underwear
      • double knit = a knit fabric similar to jersey that is made with two sets of needles producing a double thickness joined by interlocking stitches
      • jersey = a slightly elastic machine-knit fabric
      • stockinette / stockinet = knit used especially for infants' wear and undergarments
      • tricot = a knitted fabric or one resembling knitting
  2. a basic knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from the lefthand side
  3. needlework created by interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine

Definition of the verb knit

What does knit mean as a doing word?

Knit is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
 knittedknittedknittingknits
 knitknitknittingknits

  1. make (textiles) by knitting
    • examples: knit a scarf | They knit the cape
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Martha carves
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] for [Asset]The contractor will build you a house for $100,000
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved the baby a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]Martha carved the piece of wood into a toy
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Material] into [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a piece of wood into a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Martha carves toys
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy for the baby
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Asset]Martha will carve a toy out of a piece of wood for $50
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material] for [Beneficiary]Martha carved a toy out of a piece of wood for the baby
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] [Product]This wood carved beautiful toys

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): arrange, assemble, bake, blow, cast, chisel, churn, compile, cook, crochet, develop, embroider, erect, fashion, fold, forge, formulate, grind, grow, hack, hammer, mold, pound, roll, sculpture, sew, spin, stitch, weave, whittle.

    • domain: handicraft
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific words:
      • purl = knit with a purl stitch
      • rib = form vertical ribs by knitting
    • entailment: run up / sew / sew together / stitch = fasten by sewing
  2. tie or link together
  3. to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

Alternative definition of the verb knit

verb

  1. [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.
  2. [figuratively] [transitive] To join closely and firmly together.
  3. [intransitive] To become closely and firmly joined; become compact(ed).
  4. [intransitive] To grow together.
  5. [transitive] To combine from various elements.

Explanation

Knit a.k.a. KMKK-FM, "Na Mele Hawaii" is a radio station broadcasting a Hawaiian Music format. Licensed to Kaunakakai, Hawaii, USA. The big signal of KMKK broadcasts Hawaiian music from Molokai to Maui and Oahu. The station is owned by Ohana Broadcast, and is programmed by Rick Thomas.

Phrases with knit

Phrases starting with the word knit:

  1. Knit cap
  2. knit stitch
  3. Knit One's Brows
  4. Knit One's Eyebrows

Phrases ending with the word knit:

  1. Warp Knit
  2. well-knit
  3. close-knit
  4. tight-knit
  5. double knit
  6. closely knit
  7. loosely knit
  8. tightly knit
  9. circular-knit

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for knit

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Google previewKnit Couture (2007)

20 Hand-Knit Designs from Runway to Reality by Gail Downey, Henry Conway

Galliano's legacy to hand knit is the re-introduction of traditional techniques into high-fashion design. Circular...

Google previewBoys Don't Knit (2014)

by Tom Easton

Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, BOYS DON'T KNIT is a must for boys and girls.

Google previewCompassionate Knitting (2011)

Finding Basic Goodness in the Work of Our Hands by Tara Jon Manning

For an easy and intuitive way to quickly determine whether the row you are about to knit is a right-or wrong-side row, try this trick, which assumes that Row 1 and all odd rows of your pattern are right-side rows. Cast on using the Two-Tail or ...

Google previewPop! (2006)

Stand Out in Any Crowd by Sam Horn

A local arts-and-craft store is called Knit Happens. A car-repair shop specializing in lube jobs and brake repair displays a banner that says, "Your squeaky wheel gets our grease." A massage therapist introduced herself at a networking function ...

Google previewThe Close-knit Circle (2007)

American Knitters Today by Kerry Wills

Beyond third-wave feminism and the DIY movement, a common and perennial motivation for the urge to knit is the desire for personal gratification. Pleasure, happiness, playtime, and fun—these are some of the underappreciated but ...

Google previewKnit Stitch Dictionary (2015)

250 Essential Stitches by Debbie Tomkies

Illusion Knit Star Motif Illusion knitting patterns are like magic in the way that they use such simple combinations of colored stripes, knits, and purls to produce amazing “hidden” designs. Illusion patterns are best worked with smooth yarns ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-it, bit, bitt, Brit, chit, fit, flit, grit, hit, it, kit, knit, lit, mitt, nit, pit, Pitt, quit, sit, skit, slit, smit, snit, spit, split, sprit, tit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit; acquit, admit, armpit, base hit, befit, bowsprit, bush tit, close- knit, cockpit, commit, cool it, culprit, dimwit, emit, gaslit ...

Google previewThe Synonymous, Etymological, and Pronouncing English Dictionary (1805)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Their Part of Speech Pointed Out, and Their Synonyms Collected, which are Occasionally Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers by William Perry (lecturer in the Academy at Edinburgh.)

hear heave help hew hide hit hold hurt Keep knit know Lay, to place lade lead lend let lie, to lie down lift light lose load Past. crope, or creeped crew durst dealt dug, digged did drew dreamed, or dreamt drank drove, or drave dwelt ate fell fed ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1853)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found by Samuel Johnson

To KNIT. v.a. ureter, iniror knitted, [envetan, Sax.] To make or unite by texture without a loom. Shakspeare. To tie. Ibid. To join ; to unite.

Google previewKnitting Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia (2012)

by Sharon Turner

As with many stitch patterns, you'll want to knit a good size sample swatch to accurately measure gauge, as twist-stitches tighten your ...

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Usage statistics about knit

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun knit:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb knit:

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Quotes about knit

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old. (George Eliot)
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Scrabble value of K5N1I1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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