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needlepoint

[need-l-point] /ˈnid lˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
embroidery upon canvas, usually with uniform spacing of stitches in a pattern.
adjective
2.
done or executed in needlepoint:
a needlepoint cushion.
3.
noting a lace (needlepoint lace) in which a needle works out the design upon parchment or paper.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to execute or create in needlepoint:
to needlepoint an evening bag; to needlepoint as a hobby.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; needle + point
Related forms
needlepointer, noun
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  • She also completes intricate needlepoint tapestries.
  • Sue creates needlepoint items to be framed for her family.
British Dictionary definitions for needlepoint

needlepoint

/ˈniːdəlˌpɔɪnt/
noun
1.
embroidery done on canvas with the same stitch throughout so as to resemble tapestry
2.
another name for point lace
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Word Origin and History for needlepoint
n.

"point of a needle," c.1700; "point lace made with the needle," 1865, from needle (n.) + point (n.).

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