Meaning of needle


A needle is a small, pointed piece of metal that’s used in medicine or sewing. When a tailor sews a button on your shirt or even when a doctor sews your skin back together, a needle is used.

Needles are sharp — when you stitch fabric with a needle, you might use a metal thimble to protect your fingertip. When a doctor or nurse uses a needle, it needs to be very sharp — it has to be able to penetrate human skin to stitch up a wound or inject a medication. When you needle someone, you don’t literally poke them, but you do annoy or provoke them in some way.

Definitions of needle
  1. noun

    a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)

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    crochet hook, crochet needle

    a needle with a hook on the end; used in crocheting
    dry point

    a steel needle for engraving without acid on a bare copper plate
    hypodermic needle

    a hollow needle
    knitting needle

    needle consisting of a slender rod with pointed ends; usually used in pairs
    packing needle

    a large needle used to sew up canvas packages
    sewing needle

    a needle used in sewing to pull thread through cloth
    darning needle, embroidery needle

    a long needle with an eye large enough for heavy darning or embroidery thread

    a long thin sewing needle with a sharp point
    upholstery needle

    any of several very heavy and sometimes curved sewing needles used by upholsterers
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    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

  2. noun

    a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument

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    an indicator as on a dial

  3. noun

    the leaf of a conifer


    acerate leaf

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    simple leaf

    a leaf that is not divided into parts

  4. noun

    a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record


    phonograph needle

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    a sharp pointed device attached to the cartridge of a record player

  5. verb

    prick with a needle

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    prick, prickle

    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn

  6. verb

    goad or provoke, as by constant criticism

    needled her with his sarcastic remarks”


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    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke

    annoy continually or chronically

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