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An assortment of sewing needles
a hypodermic needle and syringe

Pronunciation

Etymology

Old English nædl

Noun

Singular
needle

Plural
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needle ({{{1}}})
  1. A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc.
    The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button.
  2. A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.
    The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.
  3. A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.
    Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.
  4. A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
    I boiled some of the needles from the Christmas tree to add a pleasing scent to the air.
  5. A weapon used in ancient China, and today by Shaolin monks.

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Verb

Infinitive
to needle

Third person singular
needl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to needle (third-person singular simple present needl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To tease; to poke fun at.
    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

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