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"needle" in British English

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needlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈniː.dəl/  us   /ˈniː.dəl/
  • needle noun [C] (SEWING TOOL)

B2 a thin metal pin, used in sewing, that is pointed at one end and has a hole called an eye at the other end for thread: a needle and thread Here, your eyes are better than mine - could you thread (= put thread through) this needle for me?
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  • needle noun [C] (MEDICAL TOOL)

C2 (also hypodermic needle) a very thin, hollow, pointed piece of metal that is connected to a syringe and used to take blood from the body or to put drugs or medicine in
  • needle noun [C] (POINTER)

on a compass or measuring device, the thin moving part that points in a particular direction or points to a particular measurement: The needle on a compass always points to magnetic north.
  • needle noun [C] (MUSIC)

the part of a record player that touches the record as it turns around, usually made of a very hard material, such as a diamond: It sounds like the needle on your record player needs to be replaced.

needleverb [T]

uk   /ˈniː.dəl/  us   /ˈniː.dəl/ informal
(Definition of needle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"needle" in American English

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needlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈni·dəl/
  • needle noun [C] (TOOL)

a thin, solid, metal piece with a sharp point at one end, esp. one used for sewing that has a hole to hold thread: Can you thread this needle for me?
A needle is also a small stick with a point or hook, used to make stitches: knitting needles
A needle is also a thin metal tube with a sharp, pointed end, used to put a liquid, such as a medicine, into the body or to remove a liquid, such as blood, from the body.
  • needle noun [C] (POINTER)

  • needle noun [C] (LEAF)

one of the thin, stiff, green leaves of some evergreen trees: pine needles

needleverb [T]

 us   /ˈni·dəl/ infml
  • needle verb [T] (ANNOY)

to purposely annoy someone by making critical remarks or jokes: I hate to be needled about my weight.
(Definition of needle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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