needle

[Nee┬Ědle]

A needle is a small, pointed piece of metal that's used in medicine or sewing. When a tailor sews a button on your shirt or even when a doctor sews your skin back together, a needle is used.

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A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing.

Noun
a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)

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

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

Noun
as of a conifer

Verb
goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"

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Verb
prick with a needle


n.
A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing.

n.
See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic.

n.
A slender rod or wire used in knitting; a knitting needle; also, a hooked instrument which carries the thread or twine, and by means of which knots or loops are formed in the process of netting, knitting, or crocheting.

n.
One of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See Pinus.

n.
Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.

v. t.
To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.

v. i.
To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.


Needle

Nee"dle , n. [OE. nedle, AS. ndl; akin to D. neald, OS. n'bedla, G. nadel, OHG. n'bedal, n'bedala, Icel. n'bel, Sw. n'86l, Dan. naal, and also to G. n'84hen to sew, OHG. n'bejan, L. nere to spin, Gr. , and perh. to E. snare: cf. Gael. & Ir. snathad needle, Gael. snath thread, G. schnur string, cord.] 1. A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing. Chaucer. &hand; In some needles(as for sewing machines) the eye is at the pointed end, but in ordinary needles it is at the blunt end. 2. See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic. 3. A slender rod or wire used in knitting; a knitting needle; also, a hooked instrument which carries the thread or twine, and by means of which knots or loops are formed in the process of netting, knitting, or crocheting. 4. (Bot.) One of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See Pinus. 5. Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc. Dipping needle. See under Dipping. -- Needle bar, the reciprocating bar to which the needle of a sewing machine is attached. -- Needle beam (Arch.), to shoring, the horizontal cross timber which goes through the wall or a pier, and upon which the weight of the wall rests, when a building is shored up to allow of alterations in the lower part. -- Needle furze (Bot.), a prickly leguminous plant of Western Europe; the petty whin (Genista Anglica). -- Needle gun, a firearm loaded at the breech with a cartridge carrying its own fulminate, which is exploded by driving a slender needle, or pin, into it. -- Needle loom (Weaving), a loom in which the weft thread is carried through the shed by a long eye-pointed needle instead of by a shuttle. -- Needle ore , acicular bismuth; a sulphide of bismuth, lead, and copper occuring in acicular crystals; -- called also aikinite. -- Needle shell (Zo'94l.), a sea urchin. -- Needle spar , aragonite. -- Needle telegraph, a telegraph in which the signals are given by the deflections of a magnetic needle to the right or to the left of a certain position. -- Sea needle (Zo'94l.), the garfish.

Needle

Nee"dle, v. t. To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.

Needle

Nee"dle, v. i. To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.

A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing.

To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.

To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.

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Usage Examples

I would as soon put a girl alone into a closet to meditate as give her only the society of her needle.

Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.

There is no logical reason why the camel of great art should pass through the needle of mob intelligence.

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Other Usage Examples

If it were the Clinton people, they'd be sitting around figuring out how to pull themselves out. Instead the president is continuing to go around the country and peddling Social Security, which the needle is not moving on.

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

I've been leading newsrooms for a while now and it's been an honor serving as Editor in Chief of N.J., but I really think that my best shot at moving the needle in politics is by getting close to it - by reading, reporting, tweeting and writing.

I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.

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