Notice how prickly and needlelike on all sides these cedar branches are.
The gendarme, Durand, also sat down, twisting his mustache into needlelike points.
The usual ridges prevail and are armored with clustering radial spines of unequal length, very sharp and needlelike.
The edges of the joints are also fringed with needlelike thorns which are dangerous to handle.
These disks are covered with fringes of yellow and brown spicules, needlelike and tough, and the edges also are fringed with them.
You can see the projectiles as they near the target, needlelike things that seem to flee with the speed of light.
Leaves generally very fine and needlelike, and with a central vascular bundle.
They are covered with needlelike thorns and their sting is extremely painful and annoying.
Several grasses have leaves which end in sharp or needlelike points.
It can be distinguished from other shore birds by its needlelike bill and small head and by the absence of white in its wings.
Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *næthlo (cf. Old Saxon nathla, Old Norse nal, Old Frisian nedle, Old High German nadala, German Nadel, Gothic neþla "needle"), literally "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root *(s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (cf. Sanskrit snayati "wraps up," Greek nein "to spin," Latin nere "to spin," German nähen "to sew," Old Church Slavonic niti "thread," Old Irish snathat "needle," Welsh nyddu "to sew," nodwydd "needle") + instrumental suffix *-tla.
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. (on a dial or indicator from 1928); the surgical instrument so called from 1727; phonographic sense from 1902; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1797. Needledom "the world of sewing" is from 1847. Needle's eye, figurative of a minute opening, often is a reference to Matt. xix:24.
1715, "to sew or pierce with a needle," from needle (n.). Meaning "goad, provoke" (1881) probably is from earlier meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812). Related: Needled; needling.
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).