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Definition of NEEDLE
a: a small slender usually steel instrument that has an eye for thread or surgical sutures at one end and that is used for sewing
b: any of various devices for carrying thread and making stitches (as in crocheting or knitting)
c (1): a slender hollow instrument for introducing material into or removing material from the body (as by insertion under the skin) (2): any of various slender hollow devices used to introduce matter (as air) into or remove it from an object (as a ball)
a: a slender bar of magnetized steel that when allowed to turn freely (as in a compass) indicates the direction of a magnetic field (as of the earth)
b: a slender usually sharp-pointed indicator on a dialect
a: a slender pointed object resembling a needle: as (1): a pointed crystal (2): a sharp rock (3):obelisk
b: a needle-shaped leaf (as of a conifer)
c: a slender rod (as of jewel or steel) with a rounded tip used in a phonograph to transmit vibrations from a record :stylus
d: a slender pointed rod controlling a fine inlet or outlet (as in a valve)
Basic implement used in sewing or embroidering and, in variant forms, for knitting and crocheting. The sewing needle is small, slender, and rodlike. One end is sharply pointed to make passing it through fabric easy; the other end has a slot (called an eye) to carry a thread. Modern sewing needles are made of steel. Crocheting needles are eyeless and have a hook on one end; they are usually of steel or plastic. Knitting needles are long, made of various materials, and bluntly pointed at one or both ends, sometimes with a knob at the end opposite the point.