English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English knyttynge; equivalent to knit +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɪtɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪtɪŋ

Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of knit

Noun edit

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knitting (countable and uncountable, plural knittings)

  1. The action of the verb to knit; the process of producing knitted material.
    I find knitting very relaxing.
  2. Material that has been, or is being knitted.
    She put down her knitting and went to answer the phone.
  3. (rail transport, informal, UK) overhead electrification wires, OHLE
    • 2002 April 26, David Stevenson, “Re: Diesel vs Electric”, in uk.railway[1] (Usenet), retrieved 10 April 2018, message-ID <B8EF5604.1C7F1%hoagy@cix.co.uk>:
      Fair point. Instead of tearing down the knitting and using diesel, tear down the knitting and use turbines.
    • 2007 October 19, "Capt. Deltic", “Re: GNER knitting down (again)”, in uk.railway[2] (Usenet), retrieved 10 April 2018, message-ID <1192811754.580518.56340@e34g2000pro.googlegroups.com>:
      It also helps, if: [...] the knitting is aligned with the track below, or rather vice versa, something else that went after 1996.
    • 2016 December 9, Andrew Clarke, “Re: Great Western Railway warns of slower journeys on new trains”, in uk.railway[3] (Usenet), retrieved 10 April 2018, message-ID <111f6d4a-e880-4b12-89f3-04250296ea7d@googlegroups.com>:
      My suggestion would be to electrify the uphill bits only, in each direction, and to use diesel traction when coming down the other side. Massive savings on posts and knitting for a start.

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Noun edit


  1. Alternative form of knyttynge