|1.||a pointed slender piece of metal, usually steel, with a hole or eye in it through which thread is passed for sewing|
|2.||a somewhat larger rod with a point at one or each end, used in knitting|
|3.||a similar instrument with a hook at one end for crocheting|
|4.||a. another name for stylus|
|b. a small thin pointed device, esp one made of stainless steel, used to transmit the vibrations from a gramophone record to the pick-up|
|a. the long hollow pointed part of a hypodermic syringe, which is inserted into the body|
|b. an informal name for hypodermic syringe|
|6.||surgery a pointed steel instrument, often curved, for suturing, puncturing, or ligating|
|7.||a long narrow stiff leaf, esp of a conifer, in which water loss is greatly reduced: pine needles|
|8.||any slender sharp spine, such as the spine of a sea urchin|
|9.||any slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument|
|10.||short for magnetic needle|
|11.||a crystal resembling a needle in shape|
|12.||a sharp pointed metal instrument used in engraving and etching|
|13.||anything long and pointed, such as an obelisk: a needle of light|
|14.||a short horizontal beam passed through a wall and supported on vertical posts to take the load of the upper part of the wall|
|a. anger or intense rivalry, esp in a sporting encounter|
|b. (as modifier): a needle match|
|16.||informal (Brit) get the needle, have the needle to feel dislike, distaste, nervousness, or annoyance (for): she got the needle after he had refused her invitation|
|17.||informal (tr) to goad or provoke, as by constant criticism|
|18.||(tr) to sew, embroider, or prick (fabric) with a needle|
|19.||(US) (tr) to increase the alcoholic strength of (beer or other beverages)|
|20.||(intr) (of a substance) to form needle-shaped crystals|
|[Old English nǣdl; related to Gothic nēthla, German Nadel]|
"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).