Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elasticized band worn around the leg to hold up a stocking or sock.
  • n. A suspender strap with a fastener attached to a girdle or belt to hold up a stocking or sock.
  • n. An elasticized band worn around the arm to keep the sleeve pushed up.
  • n. The badge of the Order of the Garter.
  • n. The order itself.
  • n. Membership in the order.
  • transitive v. To fasten and hold with a garter.
  • transitive v. To put a garter on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A band worn around the leg to hold up a sock or stocking.
  • v. to fasten with a garter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on the leg.
  • n. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.
  • n. Same as Bendlet.
  • transitive v. To bind with a garter.
  • transitive v. To invest with the Order of the Garter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bind with a garter.
  • To invest with the garter, as a member of the Order of the Garter.
  • n. A tie or fastening to keep the stocking in place on the leg; especially, a band passing round the leg, either above or below the knee.
  • n. The badge of the Order of the Garter (which see, below); hence, membership in the order; also [capitalized], the order itself: as, to confer or to receive the garter; a knight of the Garter.
  • n. In heraldry, same as bendlet, : sometimes taken as occupying half the space of the bendlet, or quarter of the bend.
  • n. [capitalized] An abbreviation of Garter king-at-arms (which see, below).
  • n. plural In a circus, the tapes that are held up for a performer to leap over.
  • n. A semicircular key in a bench-vise.
  • n. In printing, an iron band which prevented the splitting of the wooden box that resisted the impression-spindle of the old form of handpress.
  • n. plural Leg-irons or shackles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fasten with or as if with a garter
  • n. a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, band to support socks, from Old North French gartier, from garet, bend of the knee, probably of Celtic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French gartier, jartier, from garet, jaret. Cognate with French jarretière.

Examples

  • I am having trouble seeing exactly what is happening, what with the fine, dark yarn and working in garter stitch.

    Jean's Knitting

  • And laddering down to fix one is next to impossible (for me) to do neatly in garter stitch.

    Jean's Knitting

  • P.S. could you find a section of the stole that is reversible (at least when done in garter stitch) and add a segment of that in the exact center?

    Jean's Knitting

  • She was demonstrating precisely what you mention, the retrieval of a mistake in garter stitch.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • To fix a split stitch in garter stitch, find yourself a 2 headed crochet hook.

    Jean's Knitting

  • And to make matters worse, I am knitting it in garter stitch, contrary to instructions.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Sorry Petite, that photo of the garter is not on a thigh, it is on an arm!

    jarretière

  • The garter is then thrown into a crowd of single men.

    jarretière

  • It is an Irish tradition that the groom removes the garter from the brides thigh using only his teeth.

    jarretière

  • This is called garter stitch and is made by knitting every row.

    A Passion for Knitting

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