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Meaning of latch needle

latch' nee"dle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a part of a knitting machine consisting of a thin shaft with a hook on one end and a pivoting latch that closes over the hook so that yarn can be drawn through the developing knitting to make a stitch.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.