Meaning of NEEDLE in English

NEEDLE

■ noun

1》 a very fine, slender piece of metal with a point at one end and a hole or eye for thread at the other, used in sewing.

↘a similar, larger instrument used in crochet, knitting, etc.

2》 the pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe.

3》 a stylus used to play records.

4》 a thin pointer on a dial, compass, etc.

5》 the slender, sharp, stiff leaf of a fir or pine tree.

6》 a steel pin exploding the cartridge of a breech-loading gun.

7》 Brit. informal hostility or antagonism provoked by rivalry.

8》 a beam used as a temporary support during underpinning.

■ verb

1》 prick or pierce with a ~.

2》 informal provoke or annoy by continual criticism or questioning.

Derivatives

~r noun

Origin

OE ndl , of Gmc origin.

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