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knitting needle

  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.
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Origin of knitting needle

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

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Historical Examples of knitting needle

  • 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.