/ˈnidl / (say 'needl)

1. a small, slender, pointed instrument, now usually of polished steel, with an eye or hole for thread, used in sewing.
2. a slender, rodlike implement for use in knitting, or one hooked at the end for use in crocheting, etc.
3. Medicine
a. a slender, pointed, steel instrument used in sewing or piercing tissues.
b. hypodermic needle.
4. any of various objects resembling or suggesting a needle.
5. a small, slender, pointed instrument, usually of polished steel or some other material, used to transmit vibratory motions as from a gramophone record.
6. magnetic needle.
7. a pointed instrument used in engraving, etc.
8. the pointer (pointer1 def. 4) of an instrument, as an analog voltammeter, VU meter, etc.
9. Botany a needle-shaped leaf, as of a conifer: a pine needle.
10. Zoology a slender sharp spicule.
11. Chemistry, Mineralogy a needle-like crystal.
12. a sharp-pointed mass or pinnacle of rock.
13. an obelisk, or tapering, four-sided shaft of stone.
14. Also, needle beam. Building Trades a beam of steel or wood passed through the wall of a house and supported at each end on shores.
15. Colloquial involving unpleasantness or aggression: a needle game.
16. forming needles in crystallisation: needle ice.
verb (needled, needling)
verb (t)
17. to sew or pierce with or as with a needle.
18. to prod or goad.
19. to tease or heckle.
verb (i)
20. to form needles in crystallisation.
21. to work with a needle.
phrase Colloquial
22. give the needle to, to behave aggressively towards.
23. have the needle, to be irritated or tense.
{Middle English nēdle, Old English nēdl}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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