Definitions of needle

  1. as of a conifer Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. prick with a needle; in sewing or embroidering Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a sharp pointed implement (usually steel) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. prick with a needle Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. One of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See Pinus. 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. To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, - used in sewing. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Sharp instruments used for puncturing or suturing. Medical Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. 1. A slender, usually sharp-pointed, instrument used for puncturing the tissues, for guiding the thread or wire in suturing, or for passing a ligature around an artery. 2. To separate the tissues by means of one or two needles, in the dissection of small parts. 3. To perform discission of a cataract by means of a needle or very slender knife. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. Pointed instrument holding suture for sewing wounds. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  19. 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.
  20. Pointed instrument for sewing; magnetic bar of a compass; slender crystal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. A small, pointed instrument with an eye to carry thread in sewing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. The rod used in knitting, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. A straight wire, as ina compass. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. 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.
  25. To form needle-shaped crystals. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. 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.
  27. A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing. mso.anu.edu.au
  28. used only in the proverb, "to pass through a needle's eye" ( Matthew 19:24 ; Mark 10:25 ; Luke 18:25 ). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the "eye of a needle" in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally. The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle ( Exodus 28:39 ; 26:36 ; Judges 5:30 ). biblestudytools.com
  29. n[=e]d'l, n. a small, sharp-pointed steel instrument, with an eye for a thread-- (Shak.) NEELD, NEELE: any slender, pointed instrument like a needle, as the magnet or movable bar of a compass, or for knitting, etching, &c.: anything sharp and pointed, like a pinnacle of rock, &c.: an aciform crystal: a temporary support used by builders to sustain while repairing, being a strong beam resting on props: the long, narrow, needle-like leaf of a pine-tree.--v.t. to form into a shape like a needle, as crystals: to work with a needle.--v.i. to become of the shape of needles, as crystals.--ns. NEED'LE-BOOK, a number of pieces of cloth, leather, &c. arranged like a book, for holding needles; NEED'LE-CASE, a case for holding needles; NEED'LE-FISH, a pipe-fish: a garfish or belonid; NEED'LEFUL, as much thread as fills a needle; NEED'LE-GUN, a gun or rifle loaded at the breech, the cartridge of which is exploded by the impact of a needle or spike at its base.--adjs. NEED'LE-POINT'ED, pointed like a needle: without a barb, as a fish-hook; NEED'LE-SHAPED, shaped like a needle: applied to the long, slender, sharp-pointed leaves of pines, firs, and other trees.--ns. NEED'LE-TEL'EGRAPH, a telegraph the receiver of which gives its messages by the deflections of a magnetic needle; NEED'LEWOMAN, a woman who makes her living by her needle, a seamstress; NEED'LEWORK, work done with a needle: the business of a seamstress.--adj. NEED'LY, thorny. [A.S. n['æ]dl; Ger. nadel; cog. with Ger. nähen, to sew, L. n[=e]re, to spin.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. A steel instrument, used in many professions. In Surgery, a steel, gold, silver, or platina instrument, that may be round, flat, or triangular, straight, or curved, supported or not by a handle, but having always a point, by means of which it penetrates the textures; and often having, either near the point, or more commonly, near the other extremity, an aperture or eye for the reception of a thread or tape, which it introduces into the parts. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  31. To puncture or disintegrate with a needle; as to N. a cataract. na
  32. Thin round long piece of steel pointed at one end& with eye for thread at other used in sewing (knitting, darning, packing, crochet, &c., -n., shapes or modifications of it for different purposes; sharp as a n., lit., & fig. acute, observant; look for n. in BOTTLE &c. of hay; PINs& nn.; n.\'s eye, least possible aperture, esp. w. ref. to Matt. xix. 24); piece of magnetized steel used as indicator on dial of compass& magnetic& electric apparatus, esp. in telegraphy; strip of standard gold or silver used for comparison in assaying with touchstone; pointed etching instrument; pointed surgical instrument used in soft cataract; end of hypodermic syringe; steel pin exploding cartridge of breechloader; obelisk; sharp rock, peak; beam used as temporary support during under-pinning; n.-shaped crystal; leaf of fir or pine; (slang) the n., fit of nervousness; n.-bath, shower-bath with fine spray; n.-book, book-shaped n.-case; n.-fish, kinds of fish, esp. garfish; needleful, length of cotton &c. put into n. at once; n.-gun, in which cartridge is exploded by impact of n.; n.-lace, made with nn. not bobbins; n.-point, fine sharp point, also point-lace made with nn.; needlewoman, sempstress, also good or bad user of n.; needlework, sewing or embroidery. (Vb) sew, pierce, or operate on, with n.; thread (one\'s way) between or through things; under-pin with n.-beams; form n.-shaped crystals; thread one\'s way. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. Sharp instrument for sewing or puncturing. American pocket medical dictionary.
  34. A metallic instrument used for sewing or puncturing, usually having one end pointed and an opening in the other for a thread, [Old Eng] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  35. [O.E. noedl.] A slender bar of magnetized steel, which, when properly suspended, points N. and S. on the compass. See Magnet. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  36. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A small instrument of steel pointed at one end, and pierced in the order to receive the thread, used in sewing and embroidering;- a magnetized slender bar of steel, resting on a pivot, in a mariner’s surveyor’s, or other compass, so as to turn freely toward the magnetic poles of the earth;- a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, and the like. Cabinet Dictionary

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