UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈniːdəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈnidəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(nēdl)

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]
  1. 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.
  2. Clothingany of various related, usually larger, instruments for making stitches, as a knitting needle.
  3. Medicinea hypodermic needle.
  4. 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.
  5. the needle, [singular][Informal.]teasing remarks:They gave him the needle after he tripped over his girlfriend's feet while dancing.

v. [+ object]
  1. to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle.
  2. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
nee•dle  (nēdl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -dled, -dling. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Medicine
    • a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing.
    • See  hypodermic needle. 
  4. Informal Termsan injection of a drug or medicine;
  5. any of various objects resembling or suggesting a needle.
  6. 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.
  7. ElectricitySee  magnetic needle. 
  8. a pointed instrument, or stylus, used in engraving, etching, or the like.
  9. Botanya needle-shaped leaf, as of a conifer:a pine needle.
  10. Zoologya slender sharp spicule.
  11. Mineralogy, Chemistry[Chem., Mineral.]a needlelike crystal.
  12. a sharp-pointed mass or pinnacle of rock.
  13. an obelisk or a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone:Cleopatra's Needle.
  14. BuildingAlso called  needle beam′. a short beam passed through a wall as a temporary support.
  15. Slang Terms, Idiomson the needle, taking drugs by injection, esp. habitually.
  16. Idiomsthe needle, [Informal.]irritating abuse;
    heckling (used esp. in the phrases give someone the needle and get the needle).

  1. to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle:to needle a patch on a sleeve.
  2. 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.
  3. Slang Termsto add alcohol or ether to (a beverage):to needle beer.

  1. to form needles in crystallization.
  2. to work with a needle.
needle•like′, adj. 
  • 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
  1. a pointed slender piece of metal, usually steel, with a hole or eye in it through which thread is passed for sewing
  2. a somewhat larger rod with a point at one or each end, used in knitting
  3. a similar instrument with a hook at one end for crocheting
  4. another name for stylus
  5. a small thin pointed device, esp one made of stainless steel, used to transmit the vibrations from a gramophone record to the pick-up
  6. the long hollow pointed part of a hypodermic syringe, which is inserted into the body
  7. a pointed steel instrument, often curved, for suturing, puncturing, or ligating
  8. a long narrow stiff leaf, esp of a conifer, in which water loss is greatly reduced: pine needles
  9. any slender sharp spine, such as the spine of a sea urchin
  10. any slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
  11. short for magnetic needle
  12. a sharp pointed metal instrument used in engraving and etching
  13. anything long and pointed, such as an obelisk
  14. informal anger or intense rivalry, esp in a sporting encounter
  15. (as modifier): a needle match
  16. get the needle, have the needleBrit informal to feel dislike, distaste, nervousness, or annoyance (for): she got the needle after he had refused her invitation
  1. (transitive) informal to goad or provoke, as by constant criticism
  2. (transitive) to sew, embroider, or prick (fabric) with a needle
Etymology: Old English nǣdl; related to Gothic nēthla, German Nadel
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