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knitting needle

either of two types of instruments used for hand knitting: a straight rod of steel, wood, plastic, etc., pointed at one or both ends, used in pairs, or a single curved, flexible rod with two pointed ends.
any of various needlelike devices used in machine knitting.
Origin of knitting needle
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Wherever a knitting-needle can pass, the parent moth can enter.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • Its nectary tube is five inches in length, and as slender as a knitting-needle.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • He takes a pellet of the black, treacly stuff on the end of a knitting-needle.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • What did the fly feel when he saw the knitting-needle coming?

  • Allow ten minutes to the pound after the fish begins to boil, and test with a knitting-needle or sharp skewer.

  • They carried everything in stock from a bar of iron to a knitting-needle.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
  • How would it be if we were to make a knitting-needle red-hot and bore a tunnel from this end?

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • It can be tried with a knitting-needle to see if it is tender.

  • "It is no wonder," he said, doctoring the wick of his candle with her knitting-needle.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Aunt Ann wagged her head, and ran a knitting-needle up under her cap on a voyage of discovery.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown

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