Needle definition

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A slender piece of jewel or steel used to transmit vibrations from the grooves of a phonograph record.
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A narrow stiff leaf, as of a pine or fir.
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A magnetic needle.
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(informal) A goading, provoking, or teasing remark or act.
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A slender, pointed implement used for sewing or surgical suturing, made usually of polished steel and having an eye at one end through which a length of thread is passed and held.
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Any of various similar implements, such as a fine sharp-pointed instrument used in acupuncture or a pointed shaft used in knitting, crocheting, or lace making.
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A sharp-pointed instrument used in engraving.
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A slender pointer or indicator on a dial, scale, or similar part of a mechanical device.
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A hypodermic needle.
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(informal) A hypodermic injection; a shot.
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A tall narrow rock formation.
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An obelisk.
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To prick, pierce, or stitch with a needle.
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(informal) To goad, provoke, or tease.
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To sew or do similar work with a needle.
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A pointed instrument used in etching or engraving.
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The thin, short, pointed leaf of such trees as the pine, spruce, etc.
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Any object roughly resembling a needle or its point in shape, as the sharp point of some crystals, a narrow, pointed rock, an obelisk, spire, etc.
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A small, slender piece of steel with a sharp point at one end and a hole for thread at the other, used for sewing by hand or for surgical sutures.
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A similar implement with a hole for thread near the pointed end, used esp. on sewing machines.
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A slender rod of steel, bone, wood, etc. with a hook at one end, used for crocheting.
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A slender, pointed rod of wood, metal, plastic, etc., used in pairs for knitting.
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The magnetized pointer of a compass.
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The indicator or pointer of a speedometer or other gauge.
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The sharp, very slender metal tube at the end of a hypodermic syringe, that is introduced into the blood vessel, muscle, etc.
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(informal) A hypodermic injection.
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Any of various other slender, tubelike devices for inserting, as to inflate or inject.
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To sew, puncture, etc. with a needle.
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(slang) To strengthen by adding alcohol.

To needle beer.

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To provoke into doing something; goad; prod.
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To tease or heckle.
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To work with a needle; sew.
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To form needles in crystallization.
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A slender, usually sharp-pointed instrument used for puncturing tissues, suturing, or passing a ligature around an artery.
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A hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection or aspiration.
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To separate tissues by means of one or two needles in the dissection of small parts.
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A narrow, stiff leaf, as of firs, pines, and other conifers. The reduced surface area of needles minimizes water loss and allows needle-bearing plants to live in dry climates.
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The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button.

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Any slender, pointed object resembling a needle, such as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
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A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.

The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.

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A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.

Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.

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A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
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(informal, usually preceded by the) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection.
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To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
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To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at.

Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

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To form in the shape of a needle.

To needle crystals.

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The definition of needle is to annoy someone by nagging or criticizing, or to pierce something as if pricked by a long thin piece of metal.

If you constantly nag and bother your friend, this is an example of when you needle your friend.

If a little speck of dirt feels like it is cutting your eye, this is an example of when it needles your eye.

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Needle is defined as a thin and sharp piece of metal used in sewing, used to give injections, and used in a variety of other situations where a thin and sharp piece of metal is pointed on one end.

A thin, sharp piece of metal with an eye on the end that thread goes through and that is used for sewing is an example of a needle.

A thin, sharp piece of metal attached to a syringe and used to give an injection is an example of a needle.

A thin, sharp piece of metal used in knitting is an example of a needle.

A thin, metal pointer on a compass is an example of a needle.

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A fine, sharp projection, as a spine of a sea urchin or a crystal.
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give someone the needle
  • to goad or heckle
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on the needle
  • addicted to narcotics
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
needle
Plural:
needles

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

give someone the needle
on the needle

Origin of needle

  • Middle English nedle from Old English nǣdl (s)nē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English nedle, from Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *nēþlō, from pre-Germanic , from Proto-Indo-European *(s)néh₁- "˜to spin, twist' (compare Dutch naaien, Welsh nyddu, Latin nÄ“re, Sanskrit snāyati "˜wraps up, winds'). Related to snood.

    From Wiktionary