Today's Word of the Day means...
"To seke out one lyne in all hys bookes wer to go looke a nedle in a meadow." [Thomas More, c.1530]Meaning "piece of magnetized steel in a compass" is from late 14c.; the surgical instrument so called from 1727; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1798. Needlework first attested late 14c. Needlepoint "point lace made with the needle" is from 1865. The verb sense of "goad, provoke" is first attested 1881, probably from meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812).
needle nee·dle (nēd'l)
A slender, usually sharp-pointed instrument used for puncturing tissues, suturing, or passing a ligature around an artery.
A hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection or aspiration.
used only in the proverb, "to pass through a needle's eye" (Matt. 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the "eye of a needle" in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally. The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle (Ex. 28:39; 26:36; Judg. 5:30).