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needle

Noun

1 as of a conifer [syn: acerate leaf]
2 a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
3 a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
4 a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record [syn: phonograph needle]

Verb

1 goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: goad]
2 prick with a needle

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

nædl

Noun

  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. The long, pointed leaves of 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.

Translations

implement for sewing etc.
  • Albanian: gjilpërë
  • Arabic:
  • Armenian: ասեղ (asegh)
  • Chinese: (zhēn)
  • Croatian: igla
  • Czech: jehla
  • Dutch: naald
  • Finnish: neula
  • French: aiguille
  • German: Nadel
  • Hungarian: tű
  • Icelandic: nál
  • Italian: ago
  • Japanese: (はり, hari)
  • Korean: 바늘 (baneul)
  • Kurdish: ده‌رزی
  • Latvian: adata
  • Navajo: tsah
  • Norwegian: nål
  • Persian: سوزن
  • Polish: igła
  • Portuguese: agulha
  • Russian: игла, спица for knitting
  • Saterland Frisian:
  • Slovak: ihla
  • Slovene: igla , šivanka
  • Spanish: aguja
  • Swedish: nål
  • West Frisian: nuddel
indicating device
  • Albanian: gjilpërë, akrep,
  • Croatian: igla
  • Czech: jehla
  • Dutch: naald
  • Finnish: neula
  • French: aiguille
  • German: Nadel
  • Hungarian: tű, mutató
  • Icelandic: nál
  • Italian: lancetta
  • Latvian: adata
  • Polish: wskazówka
  • Russian: стрелка
  • Saterland Frisian:
  • Slovene: igla
  • West Frisian: nuddel
sensor phonograph stylus
  • Albanian: gjilpërë (gjilpërë e gramafonit)
  • Croatian: igla
  • Czech: jehla
  • Dutch: naald
  • Finnish: neula
  • German: Nadel
  • Hungarian: tű
  • Italian: puntina
  • Latvian: adata
  • Polish: igła
  • Russian: игла
  • Saterland Frisian:
  • Slovene: igla
  • West Frisian: nuddel
leaf of conifer
  • Albanian: halë
  • Croatian: iglica
  • Czech: jehlice
  • Dutch: naald
  • Finnish: neulanen
  • French: aiguille
  • German: Nadel
  • Hungarian: tű
  • Italian: ago
  • Latvian: skujas f|p
  • Polish: igła
  • Russian: игла
  • Saterland Frisian:
  • Slovene: iglica
  • West Frisian: nuddel
ancient Chinese weapon

See also

Verb

  1. To tease; to poke fun at.
    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

Translations

to tease

Extensive Definition

Needle or Needles may refer to:

Sewing and needlework

Body manipulation

Botany

Geography and geology

Mathematics

Medicine

  • Acupuncture needle, needle used for acupuncture
  • Hypodermic needle, hollow needle commonly used with a syringe to inject substances into the body
  • Needle exchange program, exchange program for hypodermic needles
  • Needle remover, device that physically removes a needle from a syringe
  • Pins and needles or paresthesia, sensation of tingling, pricking, or numbness of a person's skin with no apparent long-term physical effect
  • Surgical needle, needle with holes or eyes which are supplied to the hospital separate from their suture thread
  • Tuohy needle, hollow needle suitable for inserting epidural catheters

Music

Sports

Zoology

People named Needle or Needles

  • Dan Needles, playwright behind the popular Wingfield series which has played across Canada for many years
  • Edward Needles Hallowell, United States Army officer
  • Jimmy Needles, American basketball coach best known for being the United States' first Olympic basketball coach
  • Nadel, German surname meaning needle

Fictional people

Other

needle in Arabic: إبرة
needle in Czech: Jehla
needle in Danish: Nål (plantedel)
needle in German: Nadel
needle in Spanish: Aguja
needle in Esperanto: Pinglo
needle in Persian: سوزن
needle in Finnish: Neula
needle in French: Aiguille
needle in Italian: AGO
needle in Hebrew: מחט
needle in Dutch: Naald
needle in Japanese: 針
needle in Polish: Igła
needle in Russian: Игла (значения)
needle in Swedish: Nål
needle in Turkish: İğne

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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