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 for Chain stitch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stitch \Stitch\, n. [OE. stiche, AS. stice a pricking, akin to
     stician to prick. See Stick, v. i.]
     1. A single pass of a needle in sewing; the loop or turn of
        the thread thus made.
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     2. A single turn of the thread round a needle in knitting; a
        link, or loop, of yarn; as, to let down, or drop, a
        stitch; to take up a stitch.
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     3. [Cf. OE. sticche, stecche, stucche, a piece, AS. stycce.
        Cf. Stock.] A space of work taken up, or gone over, in a
        single pass of the needle; hence, by extension, any space
        passed over; distance.
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              You have gone a good stitch.          --Bunyan.
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              In Syria the husbandmen go lightly over with their
              plow, and take no deep stitch in making their
              furrows.                              --Holland.
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     4. A local sharp pain; an acute pain, like the piercing of a
        needle; as, a stitch in the side.
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              He was taken with a cold and with stitches, which
              was, indeed, a pleurisy.              --Bp. Burnet.
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     5. A contortion, or twist. [Obs.]
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              If you talk,
              Or pull your face into a stitch again,
              I shall be angry.                     --Marston.
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     6. Any least part of a fabric or dress; as, to wet every
        stitch of clothes. [Colloq.]
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     7. A furrow. --Chapman.
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     8. An arrangement of stitches, or method of stitching in some
        particular way or style; as, cross-stitch; herringbone
        stitch, etc.
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     Chain stitch, Lock stitch. See in the Vocabulary.
     Pearl stitch, or Purl stitch. See 2nd Purl, 2.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chain \Chain\ (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf.
     1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected,
        or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as
        of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and
        transmission of mechanical power, etc.
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              [They] put a chain of gold about his neck. --Dan. v.
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     2. That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a
        bond; as, the chains of habit.
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              Driven down
              To chains of darkness and the undying worm.
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     3. A series of things linked together; or a series of things
        connected and following each other in succession; as, a
        chain of mountains; a chain of events or ideas.
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     4. (Surv.) An instrument which consists of links and is used
        in measuring land.
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     Note: One commonly in use is Gunter's chain, which consists
           of one hundred links, each link being seven inches and
           ninety-two one hundredths in length; making up the
           total length of rods, or sixty-six, feet; hence, a
           measure of that length; hence, also, a unit for land
           measure equal to four rods square, or one tenth of an
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     5. pl. (Naut.) Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to
        bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the
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     6. (Weaving) The warp threads of a web. --Knight.
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     Chain belt (Mach.), a belt made of a chain; -- used for
        transmitting power.
     Chain boat, a boat fitted up for recovering lost cables,
        anchors, etc.
     Chain bolt
        (a) (Naut.) The bolt at the lower end of the chain plate,
            which fastens it to the vessel's side.
        (b) A bolt with a chain attached for drawing it out of
     Chain bond. See Chain timber.
     Chain bridge, a bridge supported by chain cables; a
        suspension bridge.
     Chain cable, a cable made of iron links.
     Chain coral (Zool.), a fossil coral of the genus
        Halysites, common in the middle and upper Silurian
        rocks. The tubular corallites are united side by side in
        groups, looking in an end view like links of a chain. When
        perfect, the calicles show twelve septa.
     Chain coupling.
        (a) A shackle for uniting lengths of chain, or connecting
            a chain with an object.
        (b) (Railroad) Supplementary coupling together of cars
            with a chain.
     Chain gang, a gang of convicts chained together.
     Chain hook (Naut.), a hook, used for dragging cables about
        the deck.
     Chain mail, flexible, defensive armor of hammered metal
        links wrought into the form of a garment.
     Chain molding (Arch.), a form of molding in imitation of a
        chain, used in the Normal style.
     Chain pier, a pier suspended by chain.
     Chain pipe (Naut.), an opening in the deck, lined with
        iron, through which the cable is passed into the lockers
        or tiers.
     Chain plate (Shipbuilding), one of the iron plates or
        bands, on a vessel's side, to which the standing rigging
        is fastened.
     Chain pulley, a pulley with depressions in the periphery of
        its wheel, or projections from it, made to fit the links
        of a chain.
     Chain pumps. See in the Vocabulary.
     Chain rule (Arith.), a theorem for solving numerical
        problems by composition of ratios, or compound proportion,
        by which, when several ratios of equality are given, the
        consequent of each being the same as the antecedent of the
        next, the relation between the first antecedent and the
        last consequent is discovered.
     Chain shot (Mil.), two cannon balls united by a shot chain,
        formerly used in naval warfare on account of their
        destructive effect on a ship's rigging.
     Chain stitch. See in the Vocabulary.
     Chain timber. (Arch.) See Bond timber, under Bond.
     Chain wales. (Naut.) Same as Channels.
     Chain wheel. See in the Vocabulary.
     Closed chain, Open chain (Chem.), terms applied to the
        chemical structure of compounds whose rational formul[ae]
        are written respectively in the form of a closed ring (see
        Benzene nucleus, under Benzene), or in an open
        extended form.
     Endless chain, a chain whose ends have been united by a
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chain stitch \Chain" stitch`\
     1. An ornamental stitch like the links of a chain; -- used in
        crocheting, sewing, and embroidery.
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     2. (Machine Sewing) A stitch in which the looping of the
        thread or threads forms a chain on the under side of the
        work; the loop stitch, as distinguished from the lock
        stitch. See Stitch.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  chain stitch
      n 1: the most basic of all crochet stitches made by pulling a
           loop of yarn through another loop
      2: a looped stitch resembling the links of a chain; used in
         embroidery and in sewing

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