- A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc.
The seamstress threaded the to sew on a button.
- A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.
The on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.
- A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.
Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.
- 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.
- A weapon used in ancient China, and today by Shaolin monks.
verb (needl, ing)
- Dutch: naald(nl)f
- French: aiguille(fr)f
- German: Nadel(de)f
- Italian: ago(it)m
- Spanish: aguja(es)f
- (transitive) To tease; to poke fun at.
Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.
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