Meaning of NEEDLE in English
(SEWING TOOL) [noun] [C] - a thin metal pin, used in sewing, which is pointed at one end and has a hole called an eye at the other end for thread, or a longer stick, without a hole, which is used with another stick of the same type to knita needle and thread (= piece of cotton)Here, your eyes are better than mine - could you thread (= put thread through) this needle for me?What size knitting needles did you use for that sweater?See also needlework.See pictures: Pins and needles, Sewing and knittingIf you say that trying to find something is like looking for a needle in a haystack, you mean that it is impossible or extremely difficult to find, esp. because the area you have to search is too large.
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012