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1. To form into a knot, or into knots; to tie together, as cord; to fasten by tying. A great sheet knit at the four corners. (acts x. 11) When your head did but ache, i knit my handkercher about your brows. (Shak)

2. To form, as a textile fabric, by the interlacing of yarn or thread in a series of connected loops, by means of needles, either by hand or by machinery; as, to knit stockings.

3. To join; to cause to grow together. Nature can not knit the bones while the parts are under a discharge. (Wiseman)

4. To unite closely; to connect; to engage; as, hearts knit together in love. Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit. (Shak) Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, in a light fantastic round. (Milton) A link among the days, toknit The generations each to each. (Tennyson)

5. To draw together; to contract into wrinkles. knits his brow and shows an angry eye. (Shak)

Origin: oe. Knitten, knutten, as. Cnyttan, fr. Cnotta knot; akin to Icel. Knta, Sw. Knyta, dan. Knytte. See knot.