needle meaning

[ 'ni:dl ] Pronunciation:   "needle" in a sentence
Noun: needle  needl
  1. The leaf of a conifer
    - acerate leaf 
  2. A slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument 
  3. A sharp pointed implement (usually steel) 
  4. A stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record
    - phonograph needle
Verb: needle  needl
  1. Goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
    "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
    - goad 
  2. Prick with a needle

Derived forms: needling, needles, needled

Type of: beset, chevvy [non-standard], chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, implement, molest, plague, pointer, prick, prickle, provoke, simple leaf, stylus

Encyclopedia: Needle


[American slang]
tr. to annoy someone.
• Tom is always needling Frank.
• Stop needling me!


[British slang]
Verb. To make jibes at, irritate. {Informal}

[Architecture]
1.

A piece of timber laid horizontally and supported on props or shores under a wall or building, etc.; provides temporary support while the foundation or part beneath is altered, repaired, or underpinned.

2.

A short timber, or the like, which passes through a hole in a wall; used to support a shore, a scaffold, etc.


[Electronics]
1. The stylus of a phonograph cartridge.
2. The pointer of an indicating meter.
3. One of the electrodes in a voltage-measuring spark gap (see NEEDLE GAP).
4. The slender, pointed metal tip of a test probe.

Examples

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  1. threading a needle is an art in itself.
  2. she was given a needle for whooping cough.
  3. stop needling him or he might hit you.
  4. you were needling him about the twenty cents.
  5. what a mannish way to thread a needle!

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