Definitions of needle

  1. as of a conifer
  2. goad or provoke, as by constant criticism; " He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
  3. prick with a needle; in sewing or embroidering
  4. a sharp pointed implement ( usually steel)
  5. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
  6. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record
  7. prick with a needle
  8. See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic.
  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.
  10. One of the needle- shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See Pinus.
  11. Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
  12. To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.
  13. To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.
  14. A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, - used in sewing.
  15. Sharp instruments used for puncturing or suturing.
  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.
  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.
  18. Pointed instrument holding suture for sewing wounds.
  19. A small, sharp- pointed steel instrument, with an eye for a thread: anything like a needle, as the magnet of a compass.
  20. Pointed instrument for sewing; magnetic bar of a compass; slender crystal.
  21. A small, pointed instrument with an eye to carry thread in sewing.
  22. The rod used in knitting, etc.
  23. A straight wire, as ina compass.
  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.
  25. To form needle- shaped crystals.
  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.

Usage examples for needle

  1. " But I must have a needle and cotton. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  2. Nothing that wants a needle and thread hope, else I must go and tease mother. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  3. Then Needle Rock- a desolate hut on the Desert, house and barn in one building. – The Complete Works of Artemus Ward, Part 4 by Charles Farrar Browne
  4. He closed one of his eyes so that it was no wider than the eye of a needle. – The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge by Unknown
  5. " I like it," said Miss Graham, to her needle. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  6. He would argue the point to the point of a needle, and he would divide that point into as many as there were days of the year, and argue upon each. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  7. I called for a needle and succeeded in sewing it up as well as I could, and in stopping the blood. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  8. The Ancient Maiden leaned back in her chair to think about it, and picked her teeth with the knitting- needle again. – The Mystery of the Locks by Edgar Watson Howe
  9. And she must be sharp as a needle with the butler over the house accounts. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  10. Then the needle moved to zero, and the mighty structure floated into the air, slowly moving down the field as a breeze carried it along the ground. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  11. He's as fine as a needle!" – Embarrassments by Henry James
  12. The thread was twisted around the needle above the hook, so as to be caught by it, and drawn through to the outer surface. – The Invention of the Sewing Machine by Grace Rogers Cooper
  13. I felt the needle in my arm. – Greylorn by John Keith Laumer
  14. " Well, here's a penny for you, my dear, because you are the best little needle- woman in the school, they tell me. – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  15. You did this by pulling a string below the tube, and running a needle into his thumb. – A Boy's Town by W. D. Howells
  16. Through the Eye of a Needle. – A Boy's Town by W. D. Howells
  17. " This will help the pain," he said, and pressed the needle into Rick's arm. – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  18. Once or twice the thought had pierced her brain like a sharp needle, that perhaps he had already done a thing for her- a great thing. – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  19. The eyes, bearing a strong resemblance to a pair of eyes now closed in death, which used to rest on his face full of love, were green with malice and pierced him like a needle; he could have shed tears of sorrow at the thought that a brother could thus look at a brother. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. It often perched upon my finger, and drew my needle and thread from me when I was sewing. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich