What does needle mean?

Definitions for needle
ˈnid lnee·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acerate leaf, needle(noun)

    the leaf of a conifer

  2. needle(noun)

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

  3. needle(noun)

    a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)

  4. phonograph needle, needle(verb)

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

  5. needle, goad(verb)

    goad or provoke,as by constant criticism

    "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"

  6. needle(verb)

    prick with a needle


  1. Needle(n.)

    An injection of medicine from a hypodermic needle; a shot.

  2. Needle(v. t.)

    To tease (a person), especially repeatedly.

  3. Needle(v. t.)

    To prod or goad (someone) into action by teasing or daring.


  1. needle(Noun)

    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. needle(Noun)

    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. needle(Noun)

    A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.

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

  4. needle(Noun)

    A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.

  5. needle(Noun)

    The death penalty carried out by lethal injection.

  6. needle(Verb)

    To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.

  7. needle(Verb)

    To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at.

    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

  8. Origin: From nedle, from nædl, from nēþlō, from pre-Germanic , from (s)néh₁- ‘to spin, twist’ (compare Dutch naaien, Welsh nyddu, Latin nere, Lithuanian snaju, Sanskrit ‘wraps up, winds’). Related to snood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Needle(noun)

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

  2. Needle(noun)

    see Magnetic needle, under Magnetic

  3. Needle(noun)

    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. Needle(noun)

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

  5. Needle(noun)

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

  6. Needle(verb)

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

  7. Needle(verb)

    to form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles

  8. Origin: [OE. nedle, AS. ndl; akin to D. neald, OS. ndla, G. nadel, OHG. ndal, ndala, Icel. nl, Sw. nl, Dan. naal, and also to G. nhen to sew, OHG. njan, L. nere to spin, Gr. ne`ein, and perh. to E. snare: cf. Gael. & Ir. snathad needle, Gael. snath thread, G. schnur string, cord.]


  1. Needle

    The Needle is a comic book character. He is a mutant supervillain in Marvel Comics' main shared universe. Created by Mark Gruenwald, Carmine Infantino, and Al Gordon, the character first appeared in Spider-Woman #9.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Needle

    nēd′l, n. a small, sharp-pointed steel instrument, with an eye for a thread—(Shak.) Neeld, Neele: any slender, pointed instrument like a needle, as the magnet or movable bar of a compass, or for knitting, etching, &c.: anything sharp and pointed, like a pinnacle of rock, &c.: an aciform crystal: a temporary support used by builders to sustain while repairing, being a strong beam resting on props: the long, narrow, needle-like leaf of a pine-tree.—v.t. to form into a shape like a needle, as crystals: to work with a needle.—v.i. to become of the shape of needles, as crystals.—ns. Need′le-book, a number of pieces of cloth, leather, &c. arranged like a book, for holding needles; Need′le-case, a case for holding needles; Need′le-fish, a pipe-fish: a garfish or belonid; Need′leful, as much thread as fills a needle; Need′le-gun, a gun or rifle loaded at the breech, the cartridge of which is exploded by the impact of a needle or spike at its base.—adjs. Need′le-point′ed, pointed like a needle: without a barb, as a fish-hook; Need′le-shaped, shaped like a needle: applied to the long, slender, sharp-pointed leaves of pines, firs, and other trees.—ns. Need′le-tel′egraph, a telegraph the receiver of which gives its messages by the deflections of a magnetic needle; Need′lewoman, a woman who makes her living by her needle, a seamstress; Need′lework, work done with a needle: the business of a seamstress.—adj. Need′ly, thorny. [A.S. nǽdl; Ger. nadel; cog. with Ger. nähen, to sew, L. nēre, to spin.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Needle

    (a) A term applied to a bar magnet poised horizontally upon a vertical point, or suspended in a horizontal position by a filament. Thus the magnet in a mariner's compass, which may be a substantial bar magnet, is called a magnetic needle. (b) An indicator in general shape like the hand of a clock. (Sec Annunciator, Needle- Telegraph, Needle.)


  1. Needle

    Needle offers the leading sales chat platform for web, social and mobile commerce. Leveraging innovative cloud-sourced and @anywhere technology, Needle offers brand advocates (either yours, or ones we gather for you) as chat agents who know and love your products. Needle’s one-of-a-kind interactive, socially connected chat tools allow your chat agents to wow customers with knowledge and personal attention, lifting AOV, lifetime loyalty and value while increasing ROI.Needle Mobile allows customers to scan a QR or bar code and instantly talk to a product expert from anywhere–including a brick & mortar store.“You’ve been shopping before online and have probably got to the point where you said I wish I could talk to someone about this.That’s what we do. We have built an application that lets us help people find the right product while they are shopping online. To do this, we combine chat and our demonstration tools to provide as close to an ‘in-store’ shopping experience online. And even IN a store, we can make the experience better with our mobile solutions!”Morgan Lynch, Needle CEO.

Editors Contribution

  1. needle

    An instrument of various designs used to knit, crochet or sew.

    Needles to sew, knit and crochet are made in various designs depending on whether it is for hand or machine.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on June 29, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'needle' in Nouns Frequency: #1653

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of needle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of needle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of needle in a Sentence

  1. Linda Pietk:

    It felt like needle pricks.

  2. Ramakrishna Maruvada:

    This doesn't move the needle.

  3. Timothy Leary:

    You can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.

  4. Michael Sahr:

    It’s like a needle in a haystack and the waves were pretty choppy.

  5. Eric Fell:

    The needle is moving significantly, both on the supply and demand side.

Images & Illustrations of needle

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