- ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈniː.dl/
- Rhymes: -iːdəl
- A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc .
- A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle .
- A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus .
- A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
- ( informal, usually preceded by the ) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection .
- To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
- 1892, H. Lindo Ferguson, "Operation on Microphthamlmic Eyes", Ophthalmic Review, volume 11, page 48
- 2000, Felix Mann, Reinventing Acupuncture, page 109
- ( transitive ) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at .
- 1984, Leopold Caligor, Philip M. Bromberg, & James D. Meltzer, Clinical Perspectives on the Supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, page 14
From Middle English nedle, from Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *nēþlō, from pre-Germanic *neh₁-tleh₂, from Proto-Indo-European *( s )néh₁- ‘to spin, twist’ ( compare Dutch naaien, Welsh nyddu, Latin nēre, Lithuanian snāju, Sanskrit snāyati ‘wraps up, winds’ ). Related to snood .
Explanation of needle by Wordnet Dictionary