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noun 
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.
Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.
  1. 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.
  1. A weapon used in ancient China, and today by Shaolin monks.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: naald(nl)f
  • French: aiguille(fr)f
  • German: Nadel(de)f
  • Italian: ago(it)m
  • Spanish: aguja(es)f
verb (needl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To tease; to poke fun at.
    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.
Translations: 
  • German: hí¤nseln
Etymology: nídl


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