- a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing.
- hypodermic needle.
- to prod or goad (someone) to a specified action: We needled her into going with us.
- to tease: We needled him about his big ears.
Idioms about needle
Origin of needle
OTHER WORDS FROM needlenee·dle·like, adjective
Words nearby needle
How to use needle in a sentence
You keep adding relevant, high-quality new content, but the needle barely moves.
We had a data operation that showed how we could do it, but it was really going to be threading the needle.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 26, 2020|Ozy
In college, I volunteered to have a needle jabbed into the fleshy part between my thumb and forefinger in the name of acupuncture.We Need New, Safer Ways to Treat Pain. Could Electroacupuncture Be One?|Shelly Fan|August 18, 2020|Singularity Hub
It was a test of a new type of needle that his team has invented.Silk-based microneedles may help treat diseased plants|Kathryn Hulick|June 18, 2020|Science News For Students
A microneedle pokes into the skin just a fraction as deeply as an ordinary needle.
There, he first picked up needle and thread to mend the shirt of an SS guard who had just beaten him.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale|Martin Greenfield|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All of these may factor into the inability to move the needle on the scale.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever|Daniela Drake|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A sheet covered his body from the neck down, making it impossible to see where, exactly, the needle had been inserted.Lifting the Curtain on Oklahoma's Botched Lethal Injection|Caitlin Dickson|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For instance, in one study, white subjects were shown videos of people being stuck with a needle.The Question in St. Louis County: Can Whites Empathize With Blacks?|Sally Kohn|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lydia also gets her vitals checked, arm rubbed with alcohol, and glove-covered hands safely inserting the needle.The I.V. Doc Comes to Your House, Fights Hangovers, and Wins|Abby Haglage|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The needle of the archdruidress broke, as she shook her head viciously at the scoffer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The individual prisms are usually slender, with one beveled, wedge-like end, but are sometimes needle-like.
She was so handy with a needle, and allus ready to cut out calico dingusses that the peon gals could sew up.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
Yellowish or brown, needle-like or rhombic crystals of hematoidin (Fig. 32) may be seen after hemorrhage into the bowel.
The dip of the south end of the needle at Goulburn Island was 27 degrees 32 1/2 minutes.
British Dictionary definitions for needle
- another name for stylus (def. 3)
- a small thin pointed device, esp one made of stainless steel, used to transmit the vibrations from a gramophone record to the pick-up
- the long hollow pointed part of a hypodermic syringe, which is inserted into the body
- an informal name for hypodermic syringe
- anger or intense rivalry, esp in a sporting encounter
- (as modifier)a needle match
Word Origin for needle
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Other Idioms and Phrases with needle
In addition to the idiom beginning with needle
- needle in a haystack
- needless to say
- on pins and needles