Adjective "needle" definition and examples

(Needle may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈniːd(ə)l/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A very fine slender piece of polished metal with a point at one end and a hole or eye for thread at the other, used in sewing.
  1. 'He watched her thread her needle again, her slender, graceful fingers never erring despite the inadequate light.'
  2. 'Assistants hold needles and thread, small scissors, and chains.'
  3. 'I stand and look down at the needle as I thread it with ease and neatly begin stitching.'
  4. 'Please bring material for costumes as well as needles and thread.'
  5. 'I can no longer thread needles (I used to be a world expert at that).'
  6. 'He saw an opening last Christmas, when her housekeeper was looking about for a needle and thread to fix a hole in Wilson's sweater.'
  7. 'We do not know where she got the needle from because neither of us can remember the last time we used a needle and thread.'
  8. 'She could conceive a brilliant idea, get the right fabric and embellishments, but the man who sits at the sewing machine or with a needle and thread can virtually destroy her dream.'
  9. 'She sat down, smoothed out her dress, threaded the needle, and began.'
  10. 'Although she had never threaded a needle in her life, she discovered that she knew exactly how to alter the too-large gowns so that they would fit her tiny frame.'
  11. 'I bought this kit last week at Lettuce Knit and I started making it with 6.5mm circular needles.'
  12. 'Etta took the worn cap in her hand and looked it over while Auntie click-clacked with her crochet needles.'
  13. 'This Mohair Mystery was knit in garter stitch on size 17 needles with a decorative drop-stitch edge pattern.'
  14. 'At the same time, they're unlikely to be ready for full-blown knitting on needles.'
  15. 'After a few more tries over the next few days, I admitted defeat and tossed the yarn, needles and my knitting confidence to the back of the closet.'
  16. 'After the hospital I was planning on going to Lettuce Knit to buy some needles but decided against it, instead made the short walk from St. Mike's to the Flatiron.'
  17. 'I am knitting it on 12 mm needles so I think it won't take me too long.'
  18. 'The WI, which meets at 7.30 pm on the first Thursday of each month, provides the needles and wool and collects the knitting for the hospital.'
  19. 'Hand knitting had almost died out in recent years, but the click of the needles is being heard again and we're all purling up to the loveliest creations.'
  20. 'Later I went to Fleece Artist's website and I saw that they were saying the Goldilocks Shawl should be knit with 7 mm needles.'
The pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe.
  1. 'Cysts are treated by drawing off the fluid with a small needle and syringe (aspiration).'
  2. 'To give the epidural anaesthetic, the anaesthetist passes a hollow needle into a small space just below the spinal cord.'
  3. 'Reduction in injecting drug use, as indicated by reduced output in the needle and syringe programmes, would be consistent with reduction in such infections at the population level.'
  4. 'Breaks in aseptic technique can introduce microbial contamination into the vial via the needle, syringe, or rubber stopper.'
  5. 'They also provide sterile syringes and needles, as well as management of overdoses by medical personnel when necessary.'
  6. 'For example, when planning to purchase drugs and vaccines, managers should ensure adequate supplies of syringes, needles, and gloves.'
  7. 'A needle attached to a syringe, or to a special blood collecting container, is pushed into the vein and the syringe is used to draw out a sample of your blood.'
  8. 'Then a hollow needle is inserted into the bone, and a syringe is used to draw out the liquid-like bone marrow.'
  9. 'He paid a $200 fine for possession of hypodermic syringes, needles, and other paraphernalia.'
  10. 'The waste contained nonrecyclable plastic, as well as hypodermic needles and intravenous drip tubes.'
  11. 'The IR laser local stimulation next to the acupuncture needle seems to improve the circulation there.'
  12. 'It's similar to acupuncture but without the needles.'
  13. 'Some people may feel a slight sensation upon the insertion of the needle into precise acupuncture points, but this is brief and vanishes almost immediately.'
  14. 'In traditional acupuncture, needles are applied to these points.'
  15. 'In this manner numerology strongly determines the ritual application of acupuncture needles.'
  16. 'In acupuncture treatment, fine needles are inserted into the skin at particular locations to alleviate the patient's symptoms.'
  17. 'This store of Qi can easily be tapped into with acupuncture needles through those cavities connecting the eight vessels to the twelve channels.'
  18. 'Those are acupuncture needles, which are designed to stimulate nerve points.'
  19. 'This form of Acupuncture involves using five needles on the outside of each ear.'
  20. 'For sham acupuncture, the needle was inserted gently 1.5 cm lateral to the related points.'
A thin pointer on a dial, compass, or other instrument.
  1. 'The two polar molecules act like compass needles, which are small bar magnets.'
  2. 'They're like a pair of compass needles for the whole city.'
  3. 'Then Mr. Randi caused a compass needle to deflect by about 15° and caused several watches to advance.'
  4. 'What you will notice is that the compass needle swings.'
  5. 'These changes in the mind influence the tiny flow of electrical energy generated by the E-Meter, causing the needle on its dial to move.'
  6. 'If you place a compass there, the needle won't move.'
  7. 'The needle on the navigational instrument points directly to it, but you still can't spot the runway through the haze.'
  8. 'The Earth's magnetic field aligns liquid particles much like tiny compass needles.'
  9. 'But in magnets, like a compass needle, more of the domains are lined up in the same direction, and so the material has an overall magnetic field.'
  10. 'Both students and instructors will have to interpret numbers rolling up and down a screen, rather than read needles on a dial.'
A stylus used to play records.
  1. 'Then he held it lightly against the membrane of a yeast cell, so that like a record needle, it would record any movement and translate it into sound.'
  2. 'It's a nice portrait of Strummer the hipster, talking his jive talk and dropping the needle on U Roy records to a worldwide audience.'
  3. 'The needle broke on my record player eighteen months ago and I haven't been able to get a new one yet.'
  4. 'Then the needle skips on the record, and the hypnotic crackle of ancient vinyl roars in rhythmic waves.'
  5. 'Keenan is aware of the psychic sound of a needle scraped across a record.'
  6. 'Drunk off the champagne, Ronan leaned in to give Rue a kiss, and surely would have if Hector had not pulled the needle off of the record, making an intolerable screeching sound.'
  7. 'An unexpected sharp vibration can cause the head to crash onto the surface of the disk, gouging it like a phonograph needle can scratch a record.'
  8. 'When Lacuna anesthetizes him, it will repeat endlessly in a recurring dream, skipping like a needle on a scratched record.'
  9. 'They are something I, as a member of Parliament, have been on about, to the point of being like a needle in a cracked record, for many, many years.'
  10. 'When the friend forgot to bring him his needles for the record player Chad attempted to re-enter the club.'
  11. 'Then the image is incised into the wax or resin layer with an etching needle.'
  12. 'In her last years she continued with her art, though she gave up etching due to her loss of the visual acuity required by the etching needle.'
The sharp, stiff, slender leaf of a fir or pine tree.
  1. 'The same colours ran up the striated bark of the pine trees whose needles were beginning to acquire the sated, dusty green of summer.'
  2. 'Below my leather boots the ground is covered in an endless assortment of life: bronze pine needles, lobed oak leaves, a digger wasp.'
  3. 'Pine needles, shredded leaves, straw, and grass clippings from untreated lawns work well.'
  4. 'Pine trees coated the edges, and I could start to see the more tropical trees that made up the core of the forest, so both dried leaves and pine needles coated the trail.'
  5. 'Generally only a very hot fire, one fueled by drought and a heavy buildup of fallen leaves and pine needles, will kill a longleaf pine.'
  6. 'Woodchips, bark, grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, straw, and sawdust are examples of organic mulches.'
  7. 'The conifers are a particularly interesting group to study as unlike cereals their leaves or needles are retained for several years.'
  8. 'I'd woken face down in pine needles and crushed leaves.'
  9. 'Instead of leaves they have needles, and they spread their seeds in cones.'
  10. 'She could hear the dry leaves and pine needles crushing beneath the stallion's hooves.'
A pointed rock or peak.
  1. 'Cleopatra's Needle'
Hostility or antagonism provoked by rivalry.
  1. 'Moyes is the referee, which is just as well as the fixture generally has a bit of needle to it: the veterans needing to continually reassert their prowess over the younger generation.'
  2. '‘There was a bit of needle that came from the semi-final,’ he agreed.'
  3. 'This needle match between France and Britain dates back at least to the hundred years war.'
  4. 'Wearsiders and Teessiders can enjoy the North East needle match, Middlesbrough v Sunderland, at the Skeldergate pub on Monday night.'
A beam used as a temporary support during underpinning.

    verb

    Prick or pierce with or as if with a needle.
    1. 'The text gave detailed descriptions of ‘the channels,’ naming the points on each, and listing their locations and how deeply each should be needled.'
    2. 'We will have the similar effect by needling the same acupoint no matter on the same or a different subject.'
    Provoke or annoy (someone) by continual criticism or questioning.
    1. '28 should be needled cautiously and superficially in those with very distended bladders.'
    2. 'Throughout our conversation, as one veteran good-naturedly needles the other, all the teen-angst details come out.'

    More definitions

    1. a small, slender, rodlike instrument, usually of polished steel, with a sharp point at one end and an eye or hole for thread at the other, for passing thread through cloth to make stitches in sewing.

    2. any of various similar, usually considerably larger, implements for making stitches, as one for use in knitting or one hooked at the end for use in crocheting.

    3. Medicine/Medical. a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues, as in suturing. hypodermic needl

    More examples(as adjective)

    "levers can be needle."

    "condoms can be needle."

    Origin

    Old 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’.

    Phrase

    the eye of a needle
    give someone the needle
    a needle in a haystack