needle: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (nēd'l), [key]
— n., v., -dled, -dling.
- a small, slender, rodlike instrument, usually of polished steel, with a sharp point at one end and an eye or hole for thread at the other, for passing thread through cloth to make stitches in sewing.
- any of various similar, usually considerably larger, implements for making stitches, as one for use in knitting or one hooked at the end for use in crocheting.
- a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing.
- Seehypodermic needle.
- an injection of a drug or medicine; shot.
- any of various objects resembling or suggesting a needle.
- the tapered stylus at the end of a phonographic tonearm, used to transmit vibrations from a record groove to a transducer for conversion to audible signals.
- a pointed instrument, or stylus, used in engraving, etching, or the like.
- a needle-shaped leaf, as of a conifer: a pine needle.
- a slender sharp spicule.
- a needlelike crystal.
- a sharp-pointed mass or pinnacle of rock.
- an obelisk or a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone: Cleopatra's Needle.
- Also calleda short beam passed through a wall as a temporary support.
- taking drugs by injection, esp. habitually.
- irritating abuse; teasing; heckling (used esp. in the phrases give someone the needle and get the needle).
- to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle: to needle a patch on a sleeve.
- We needled her into going with us.
- to prod or goad (someone) to a specified action:We needled her into going with us.
- to tease:We needled him about his big ears.
- to add alcohol or ether to (a beverage): to needle beer.
- to form needles in crystallization.
- to work with a needle.
- needle (Thesaurus)