- a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing.
- hypodermic needle.
verb (used with object), nee·dled, nee·dling.
- 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.
verb (used without object), nee·dled, nee·dling.
Origin of needle
Related formsnee·dle·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for needle
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
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
Watching others thrust the needle into their arms night after night turned her on to the idea of trying it.
Each died with the needle in his arm, apparently miscalculating a dose.
Patty looked on, and watched Mary's needle going in and out, making little red crooks.Little Grandmother|Sophie May
And then she stopped in her work, and looked at me, with her needle drawn out to its thread's length.David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
He was a capital seaman; a sort of an instinctive navigator; true as the needle to the flag, and as brave as a lion.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
To justify this she should have been engaged on some particular task of the needle, easiest performed when seated.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
Pass the needle underneath and connect one and two with two stitches.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft|Effie Archer Archer
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
Medicine definitions for needle
Science definitions for needle
Idioms and Phrases with needle
In addition to the idiom beginning with needle
- needle in a haystack
- needless to say
- on pins and needles