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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

GCIDE

  1. Needle(n.)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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.

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. needle(Noun)

    A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. needle(Noun)

    A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. needle(Noun)

    The death penalty carried out by lethal injection.

    Etymology: 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.

  6. needle(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  7. needle(Verb)

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

    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Needle(noun)

    see Magnetic needle, under Magnetic

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Needle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Needle(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Needle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Needle(verb)

    to form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.)

CrunchBase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. needle

    The Ang.-Sax. nædl. (See also MAGNETIC NEEDLE.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. needle

    A slender bar of steel, usually pointed, and resting on a vertical pivot, in a mariner’s, or other compass, so as to turn freely towards the magnetic poles of the earth by virtue of the magnetic polarity with which it has been artificially endued; called also the magnetic needle.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Bob Work:

    What AI and machine learning allows you to do is find the needle in the haystack.

  2. Carolyn Bourdeaux:

    I am grateful to every person who supported me along this journey. While we didn't get the outcome we had hoped for in this election, we achieved an incredible amount, this campaign was about more than me ; it was about building community and working for change. We moved the needle in this district more than anyone thought possible.

  3. Maeve Reston of CNN:

    It's looking like it could turn into a fight between Jeb Bush and Rubio out there, you've got as few as 40,000 voters who will be coming out to caucus -- that's a little like a needle in a haystack. It's going to take intensive groundwork, and both of them are really getting started on that front.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I'm a proven leader, i disrupted the old order in Tallahassee. I relied on people like Marco Rubio and many others to follow my leadership and we moved the needle.

  5. Navkendar Singh:

    I don't believe customers will buy more iPhones now because the new models sport more cameras, it will not move the needle much for them.

Images & Illustrations of needle

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