needle

[ need-l ]
/ ˈnid l /

noun

verb (used with object), nee·dled, nee·dling.

verb (used without object), nee·dled, nee·dling.

to form needles in crystallization.
to work with a needle.

Nearby words

  1. needfire,
  2. needful,
  3. needfully,
  4. needham,
  5. neediness,
  6. needle bath,
  7. needle bearing,
  8. needle biopsy,
  9. needle exchange,
  10. needle fly

Idioms

    on the needle, Slang. taking drugs by injection, especially habitually.
    the needle, Informal. irritating abuse; teasing; heckling (used especially in the phrases give someone the needle and get the needle).

Origin of needle

before 900; 1880–85 for def 16; Middle English nedle, Old English nǣdl, cognate with German Nadel; akin to Latin nēre to spin

Related formsnee·dle·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for needle

needle

/ (ˈniːdəl) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for needle

Old English nǣdl; related to Gothic nēthla, German Nadel

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Word Origin and History for needle
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Medicine definitions for needle

needle

[ nēdl ]

n.

A slender, usually sharp-pointed instrument used for puncturing tissues, suturing, or passing a ligature around an artery.
A hollow, slender, sharp-pointed instrument used for injection or aspiration.

v.

To separate tissues by means of one or two needles in the dissection of small parts.

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Science definitions for needle

needle

[ nēdl ]

A narrow, stiff leaf, as of firs, pines, and other conifers. The reduced surface area of needles minimizes water loss and allows needle-bearing plants to live in dry climates. See more at leaf.
See hypodermic needle.
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Idioms and Phrases with needle

needle

In addition to the idiom beginning with needle

  • needle in a haystack
  • needless to say

also see:

  • on pins and needles
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