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Meaning of needle by Wiktionary Dictionary


    An assortment of sewing needles


    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 .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈniː.dl/
    • Rhymes: -iːdəl


    needle ( plural: needles )

    1. A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc .
      The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button .
    2. 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 .
    3. A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus .
      Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph .
    4. A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
    5. ( informal, usually preceded by the ) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection .

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    needle ( third-person singular simple present needles present participle needling, simple past and past participle needled )

    1. To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
    2. ( transitive ) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at .
      Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples .



Explanation of needle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism

    2. He needled her with his sarcastic remarks
    3. prick with a needle

    1. a sharp pointed implement ( usually steel )

    2. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument

    3. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record

    4. the leaf of a conifer