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1a very fine slender piece of metal with a point at one end and a hole or eye for thread at the other, used in sewing. 2something resembling a sewing needle in use, shape, or appearance, especially: an instrument used in crafts such as crochet, knitting, and lacemaking. the pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe. a very fine metal spike used in acupuncture. a thin pointer on a dial, compass, or other instrument. the sharp, stiff, slender leaf of a fir or pine tree. a stylus used to play phonograph records. an obelisk:Cleopatra’s Needle a steel pin that explodes the cartridge of a breech-loading gun. Building a beam used as a temporary support during underpinning.
verb [with object]
1prick or pierce (something) with or as if with a needle:dust needled his eyes 2 informal provoke or annoy (someone), especially by continual criticism or questioning:I just said that to Charlie to needle him