- 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.
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Origin of needle
OTHER WORDS FROM needlenee·dle·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for needlelike
The edges of the joints are also fringed with needlelike thorns which are dangerous to handle.
They are covered with needlelike thorns and their sting is extremely painful and annoying.A Journey in Southeastern Mexico|Henry Howard Harper
Every one was healthily tired, though, and all the needlelike thrusts of the insects could not keep the girls awake.Girl Scouts in the Rockies|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The crystals are long and needlelike when it evaporates down.I Walked in Arden|Jack Crawford
The usual ridges prevail and are armored with clustering radial spines of unequal length, very sharp and needlelike.
British Dictionary definitions for needlelike
- 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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Idioms and Phrases with needlelike
In addition to the idiom beginning with needle
- needle in a haystack
- needless to say
- on pins and needles