- needle [nēd′'l]n.[ME nedle < OE nædl, akin to Ger nadel < IE base * (s)nē-, *(s)nēi-, to sew, spin > SNOOD, L nere, Gr nein, to spin]1.a) a small, slender piece of steel with a sharp point at one end and a hole for thread at the other, used for sewing by hand or for surgical suturesb) a similar implement with a hole for thread near the pointed end, used esp. on sewing machines2.a) a slender rod of steel, bone, wood, etc. with a hook at one end, used for crochetingb) a similar rod, usually larger and without a hook, used in knitting3. STYLUS (n. 3b)4. a pointed instrument used in etching or engraving5.a) the magnetized pointer of a compassb) the indicator or pointer of a speedometer or other gauge6. the thin, short, pointed leaf of such trees as the pine, spruce, etc.7. NEEDLE VALVE8.a) the sharp, very slender metal tube at the end of a hypodermic syringe, that is introduced into the blood vessel, muscle, etc.☆ b) Informal a hypodermic injectionc) any of various other slender, tubelike devices for inserting, as to inflate or inject9. ELECTRIC NEEDLE10. any object roughly resembling a needle or its point in shape, as the sharp point of some crystals, a narrow, pointed rock, an obelisk, spire, etc.vt.needled, needling1. to sew, puncture, etc. with a needle2. Informala) to provoke into doing something; goad; prodb) to tease or heckle☆ 3. Slang to strengthen by adding alcohol [to needle beer]vi.1. to work with a needle; sew2. to form needles in crystallization——————☆ give someone the needleSlang to goad or heckle——————☆ on the needleSlang addicted to narcoticsneedlelikeadj.needlern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.