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needle

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈniːdl/
MEDICAL the thin, sharp, metal part of a piece of medical equipment used to take blood out of the body, or to put medicine or drugs inMedical and surgical equipment
SEWING B2 a thin, pointed metal object with a small hole at one end for thread, used in sewing: a needle and threadKnitting and sewing
MEASURING a thin, pointed piece of metal or plastic that moves to point to numbers on equipment used for measuring things →  See also pins and needles Poles, rods, shafts and sticks
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