Needle

Noun

  • A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.

    "The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty."

  • (informal, usually preceded by the) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection.
  • Any slender, pointed object resembling a needle, such as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
  • A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers.
  • A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc.

    "The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button."

  • A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.

    "Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph."

Verb

  • (transitive) To form in the shape of a needle.

    "to needle crystals"

  • (transitive) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at.

    "Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples."

  • To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.

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