English [ edit ]
An assortment of sewing needles
a hypodermic needle and syringe
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from nedle Old English , from nǣdl Proto-Germanic , from pre-Germanic *nēþlō , from *neh₁-tleh₂ Proto-Indo-European *(s)neh₁- ( “ to spin, twist ” ). Compare Dutch , Welsh naaien , Latin nyddu , Sanskrit nēre स्नायति ( snāyati, “ wraps up, winds ” ). Related to .
Pronunciation [ edit ]
needle ( plural )
fine, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections, etc.
The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button. Any slender, pointed object resembling a needle, such as a
pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc. A fine
measurement indicator on a dial or graph, e.g. a compass needle.
The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty. A
sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus.
Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph. A needle-like leaf found on some
1994, Stephen Fry, , ch. 2:
The Hippopotamus At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth.
( informal , usually preceded by the ) The death penalty carried out by lethal injection. ( programming , PHP ) A text string that is searched for within another string.
2010, Peter MacIntyre, PHP: The Good Parts (page 39)
Both of these functions will look through the haystack for the specified needle and, if they find it, will return the portion of the string from the beginning of the needle to the end of the haystack.
Derived terms [ edit ]
terms derived from
Translations [ edit ]
implement for sewing etc.
ເຂັມ (lo) ( khem ) Latgalian:
acus (la) Latvian:
adata (lv) f Lezgi:
раб ( rab ) Lithuanian:
adata (lt) f Livonian:
игла f ( igla ) Malay:
labra f Manchu:
ᡠᠯᠮᡝ ( ulme ) Maori:
, mātuhi uhi ( for tattooing ), ngira ( for sewing ) Mongolian:
зүү (mn) ( züü ), тэвнэ (mn) ( tevne ) Munsee:
, tsah tsah bee náʼálkadí Ngazidja Comorian:
sindanu class , 9/ 10 sindzanu class 9/ 10 Nivkh:
нух ( nux ) Norman:
aidgulle f ( Jersey , Guernsey ), aigùule f ( continental Normandy ), edjulle f ( Guernsey ) Northern Yukaghir:
муридьэ ( murid̦e ) Norwegian:
nål , m, f synål , m, f ( knitting needle ) strikkepinne m Nynorsk: nål , f synål , f ( knitting needle ) strikkepinn , m strikkepinne m Occitan:
agulha (oc) f Okinawan:
, 針 鍼 ( はーい, hāi ) Old High German:
nādala Old Norse:
nál f Old Prussian:
судзин ( suʒin ) Papiamentu:
, angua hangua Persian:
سوزن (fa) ( suzan ) Polish:
igła (pl) , f drut (pl) Portuguese:
agulha (pt) f Romanian:
ac (ro) , n andrea (ro) f ( knitting needle ), undrea (ro) f ( knitting needle ) Romansch:
игла́ (ru) f ( iglá ), иго́лка (ru) f ( igólka ), спи́ца (ru) f ( spíca ) ( for knitting ) Sanskrit:
सूची (sa) ( sūcī ) Sardinian:
jarum Saterland Frisian:
Näddele f Scottish Gaelic:
snàthad f Serbo-Croatian:
игла f Roman: igla (sh) f Shor:
инге ( inge ) Sicilian:
augghia (scn) f Sinhalese:
කටුව ( kaṭuva ), සූචිය ( sūciya ) Skolt Sami:
ihla (sk) f Slovene:
igla (sl) , f šivanka f Sorbian:
glicka f ( for sewing ), gła f ( for darning ), jegła f ( for knitting ) Upper Sorbian: jehła f Southern Altai:
ийне ( iyne ) Spanish:
aguja (es) f Swahili:
sindano (sw) Swedish:
nål (sv) , c ( for knitting ) sticka (sv) c Tagalog:
karayom (tl) Tatar:
энә (tt) ( enä ), инә (tt) ( inä ) Tboli:
เข็ม ( kěm ) Tibetan:
ཁབ ( khab ) Turkish:
iğne (tr) Turkmen:
ине ( ïnä ) Udihe:
го́лка f ( hólka ) Urdu:
سوئی ( su'ī ) Uyghur:
يىڭنە ( yingne ) Uzbek:
igna (uz) Venetian:
gucia , f , guxela ucia Vietnamese:
cây kim Volapük:
nad (vo) Votic:
nodwydd f ( for sewing ), gweyllen f ( for knitting ) West Frisian:
nuddel c Yakut:
иннэ ( inne ) Yiddish: שפּילקע f ( shpilke )
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See also [ edit ]
needle ( third-person singular simple present , needles present participle , needling simple past and past participle )
pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture.
1892, H. Lindo Ferguson, "Operation on Microphthamlmic Eyes", Ophthalmic Review, volume 11, page 48
[… ] the eyes were once more beginning to show the old nystagmus; so I decided to needle the cataracts, and on Jan. 31 I needled the right eye. 2000, Felix Mann, Reinventing Acupuncture, page 109
Possibly the greatest effect is achieved in the hand by needling the thumb, the index finger and the region of the 1st and 2nd metacarpal.
( transitive ) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at.
Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples. 1984, Leopold Caligor, Philip M. Bromberg, & James D. Meltzer, Clinical Perspectives on the Supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, page 14
FRED: Well, I teased her to some extent, or I needled her, not teased her. I needled her about—first I said that she didn't want to work, and then I think that there were a couple of comments. ( transitive ) To form in the shape of a needle.
to needle crystals
Synonyms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
to tease in order to provoke
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