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Meaning of “needle” in the English Dictionary

"needle" in British English

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needlenoun [C]

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

B2 a ​thinmetalpin, 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, ​youreyes are ​better than mine - could you thread (= put ​thread through) this needle for me?
See also
a knitting needle

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  • needle noun [C] (MEDICAL TOOL)

C2 (also hypodermic needle) a very ​thin, ​hollow, ​pointedpiece 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 ​measuringdevice, the ​thinmovingpart that ​points in a ​particulardirection or ​points to a ​particularmeasurement: The needle on a ​compass always ​points to ​magneticnorth.
  • needle noun [C] (MUSIC)

the ​part of a ​recordplayer 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 ​yourrecordplayerneeds to be ​replaced.

needleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈniː.dl̩/ 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, ​metalpiece with a ​sharppoint at one end, esp. one used for ​sewing that has a ​hole to ​holdthread: Can you ​thread this needle for me? A needle is also a ​smallstick with a ​point or ​hook, used to make ​stitches: knitting needles A needle is also a ​thinmetaltube 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)

the ​thin, ​movingpart on a ​compass (= ​device for ​findingdirection) or ​measuringinstrument that ​points in a ​particulardirection or to a ​particularvalue
  • needle noun [C] (LEAF)

one of the ​thin, ​stiff, ​greenleaves of some ​evergreentrees: pine needles

needleverb [T]

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

to ​purposelyannoy someone by making ​criticalremarks 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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