Definition of needle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈniːdl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdl//
    [countable] Medical equipment, Medication
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    for sewing
  1. 1  a small thin piece of steel that you use for sewing, with a point at one end and a hole for the thread at the other a needle and thread the eye (= hole) of a needle see also pins and needles
  2. for knitting
  3. 2  a long thin piece of plastic or metal with a point at one end that you use for knitting. You usually use two together. knitting needles
  4. for drugs
  5. 3  a very thin, pointed piece of steel used on the end of a syringe for putting a drug into somebody’s body, or for taking blood out of it a hypodermic needle See related entries: Medical equipment, Medication
  6. on instrument
  7. 4  a thin piece of metal on a scientific instrument that moves to point to the correct measurement or direction The compass needle was pointing north.
  8. on pine tree
  9. 5[usually plural] the thin, hard, pointed leaf of a pine tree
  10. on record player
  11. 6the very small pointed piece of metal that touches a record that is being played in order to produce the sound synonym stylus
  12. Word OriginOld English nǣdl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naald and German Nadel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nere ‘to spin’ and Greek nēma ‘thread’.Extra examples He believes that needle exchange schemes encourage drug addiction. He saw her stick a needle into her arm. Looking for one man in a city this size is like looking for a needle in a haystack. She lowered the needle onto the record. She sewed it on with needle and thread. She winced when she felt the needle pierce her skin. The gramophone needle stuck in a groove. The needle moved away from the wind. The needle went in easily. Wait until the needle settles and is pointing in one direction. a needle holding two stitches needle exchange programs the dangers of sharing needlesIdioms a thing that is almost impossible to find Searching for one man in this city is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
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