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knitting needle

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noun
  1. either of two types of instruments used for hand knitting: a straight rod of steel, wood, plastic, etc., pointed at one or both ends, used in pairs, or a single curved, flexible rod with two pointed ends.
  2. any of various needlelike devices used in machine knitting.

Origin of knitting needle

First recorded in 1590–1600
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for knitting needle

Historical Examples

  • Its nectary tube is five inches in length, and as slender as a knitting-needle.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • What did the fly feel when he saw the knitting-needle coming?

  • They carried everything in stock from a bar of iron to a knitting-needle.

    A Man of Samples

    Wm. H. Maher

  • He takes a pellet of the black, treacly stuff on the end of a knitting-needle.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Wherever a knitting-needle can pass, the parent moth can enter.