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Definitions of needle

  1. To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. prick with a needle; in sewing or embroidering Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To form needle-shaped crystals. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. a sharp pointed implement (usually steel) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. prick with a needle Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A slender rod or wire used in knitting; a knitting needle; also, a hooked instrument which carries the thread or twine, and by means of which knots or loops are formed in the process of netting, knitting, or crocheting. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, - used in sewing. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A small, sharp-pointed steel instrument furnished with an eye to hold thread; a thin, straight rod used in knitting or, when hooked at the end, for crocheting; anything sharply pointed like a needle; the magnetic needle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A small, sharp-pointed steel instrument, with an eye for a thread: anything like a needle, as the magnet of a compass. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Pointed instrument for sewing; magnetic bar of a compass; slender crystal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. The rod used in knitting, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A small instrument of steel, pointed at one end, with an eye at the other to receive a thread, used in sewing; a small pointed piece of steel, such as is used in the mariner's compass; any crystallized substance in the form of a needle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A small steel instrument, pointed at one end, and having an eye or hole at the other, used in sewing; the artificial magnet of the compass; anything needle-shaped. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for needle

  1. " But I must have a needle and cotton. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  2. And she must be sharp as a needle with the butler over the house accounts. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
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