- Inflections of 'needle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
nee•dle /ˈnidəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -dled, -dling. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- a small, rodlike instrument, usually of steel, with a sharp point at one end and a hole for thread at the other end, used for passing thread through cloth to make stitches in sewing.
- Clothingany of various related, usually larger, instruments for making stitches, as a knitting needle.
- Medicinea hypodermic needle.
- any long, thin, pointed object that resembles a needle, as a stylus used in engraving and etching, or a thin leaf of a pine tree.
- the needle, [singular][Informal.]teasing remarks:They gave him the needle after he tripped over his girlfriend's feet while dancing.
- to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle.
- Informal Terms
- to prod or persuade (someone) to a certain action:We needled her into going with us.
- to tease;
make fun of:His friends needled him about his bad driving.
(nēd′l),USA pronunciation n., v., -dled, -dling. n.
- a small, slender, rodlike instrument, usually of polished steel, with a sharp point at one end and an eye or hole for thread at the other, for passing thread through cloth to make stitches in sewing.
- any of various similar, usually considerably larger, implements for making stitches, as one for use in knitting or one hooked at the end for use in crocheting.
- a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing.
- See hypodermic needle.
- Informal Termsan injection of a drug or medicine;
- any of various objects resembling or suggesting a needle.
- Sound Reproductionthe tapered stylus at the end of a phonographic tonearm, used to transmit vibrations from a record groove to a transducer for conversion to audible signals.
- ElectricitySee magnetic needle.
- a pointed instrument, or stylus, used in engraving, etching, or the like.
- Botanya needle-shaped leaf, as of a conifer:a pine needle.
- Zoologya slender sharp spicule.
- Mineralogy, Chemistry[Chem., Mineral.]a needlelike crystal.
- a sharp-pointed mass or pinnacle of rock.
- an obelisk or a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone:Cleopatra's Needle.
- BuildingAlso called nee′dle beam′. a short beam passed through a wall as a temporary support.
- Slang Terms, Idiomson the needle, taking drugs by injection, esp. habitually.
- Idiomsthe needle, [Informal.]irritating abuse;
heckling (used esp. in the phrases give someone the needle and get the needle).
- to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle:to needle a patch on a sleeve.
- Informal Terms
- to prod or goad (someone) to a specified action:We needled her into going with us.
- to tease:We needled him about his big ears.
- Slang Termsto add alcohol or ether to (a beverage):to needle beer.
- to form needles in crystallization.
- to work with a needle.
- bef. 900; 1880–85 for def. 18; Middle English nedle, Old English nǣdl, cognate with German Nadel; akin to Latin nēre to spin
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
needle /ˈniːdəl/ n
- a pointed slender piece of metal, usually steel, with a hole or eye in it through which thread is passed for sewing
- a somewhat larger rod with a point at one or each end, used in knitting
- a similar instrument with a hook at one end for crocheting
- another name for stylus
- a small thin pointed device, esp one made of stainless steel, used to transmit the vibrations from a gramophone record to the pick-up
- the long hollow pointed part of a hypodermic syringe, which is inserted into the body
- a pointed steel instrument, often curved, for suturing, puncturing, or ligating
- a long narrow stiff leaf, esp of a conifer, in which water loss is greatly reduced: pine needles
- any slender sharp spine, such as the spine of a sea urchin
- any slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
- short for magnetic needle
- a sharp pointed metal instrument used in engraving and etching
- anything long and pointed, such as an obelisk
- informal anger or intense rivalry, esp in a sporting encounter
- (as modifier): a needle match
- get the needle, have the needle ⇒ Brit informal to feel dislike, distaste, nervousness, or annoyance (for): she got the needle after he had refused her invitation
Etymology: Old English nǣdl; related to Gothic nēthla, German Nadel
- (transitive) informal to goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
- (transitive) to sew, embroider, or prick (fabric) with a needle
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