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needle US English

A 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

needle US Thesaurus

a needle and thread

ice needle US English

An elongated, needle-like ice crystal.

needle-bar US English

A bar to which the needles are attached on a sewing or knitting machine.

needle-bath US English

= needle-shower.

needle beer US English

Near-beer mixed with ethyl alcohol or an alcoholic drink.

needle-book US English

A needle-case resembling a small book.

needle case US English

A case for keeping sewing needles in.

needle-cast US English

Any of various fungal diseases of conifers characterized by discoloration and premature shedding of foliage.

needle coke US English

A high-grade petroleum coke, used in making graphite for the electrodes of electric-arc furnaces, in which the carbon has a highly anisotropic structure containing parallel ribbon-like ordered domains.

needle-dial US English

A dial bearing a needle in an electrical apparatus.

needle eye US English

The eye of a needle; frequently in allusions to the biblical use.

needle-felt US English

Felt or other non-woven fabric made by a needleloom.

needle file US English

A small file with a knurled cylindrical shaft, used by jewellers, watchmakers, etc.

needle-free US English

Lacking needles, needleless, not involving needles; especially (in relation to the administration of drugs) functioning or effected without a needle or needles.

needle gap US English

A pair of needle-shaped electrodes placed in line, separated by a gap across which an electric discharge can take place when the potential difference between them exceeds a value dependent on the size of the gap.

needle-gun US English

A rifle in which the cartridge is exploded by the impact of a long pointed firing pin.

needle ice US English

Ice forming needle-like crystals, especially when occurring just beneath the soil surface and often pushing up through it.

needle-like US English

Long, slender, and pointed

needle man US English

A drug addict, especially a person addicted to injecting drugs

needle mark US English

A mark made by a needle, especially one made on the skin by injection of illegal drugs.

needle ore US English

= aikinite.

needle park US English

A public area in a city, usually with trees, bushes, benches, etc., where drug addicts gather.

needle rock US English

A sharply pointed rock.

needle scar US English

A scar made by a hypodermic injection.

needle-spar US English

= aragonite.

needle time US English

An agreed maximum allowance of time for broadcasting recorded music

needle-tin US English

A variety of cassiterite occurring as long prismatic crystals.

needle-tree US English

A coniferous tree.

needle whin US English

= needle furze.

needle wire US English

High grade steel wire; the steel wire from which needles are made.

pack-needle US English

A large strong needle of a type originally used to sew up packs made of tough material.

pine needle US English

The needle-shaped leaf of a pine tree.

Adam's needle US English

A frost-hardy yucca native to the eastern US, with long leaves that are edged with white threads

match-needle US English

Designating or relating to a technique for obtaining correct exposure, which involves varying the shutter-speed setting of a camera until two needles, one of which is controlled by a built-in light meter, become aligned in the viewfinder.

needle artist US English

Slang. A drug user who administers drugs hypodermically.

needle biopsy US English

Biopsy performed, often percutaneously, using a hollow needle; an instance of this.

needle-board US English

Originally: a board in a Jacquard loom, having perforations through which the ends of the needles pass. Now chiefly: a piece of board, canvas, etc., covered with short fine wires, used to press fabrics that have a pile; (also) a board or plate carrying closely spaced barbed needles, used in a needleloom.

needle freak US English

A habitual drug user who administers drugs hypodermically.

needle furze US English

Petty whin, Genista anglica.

needle grass US English

Any of various grasses, chiefly of the genera Stipa, Aristida, and Triodia, having long stiff awns or spiny leaves.

needle match US English

A sporting contest attracting much interest and excitement, or arousing exceptional personal antagonism between the contestants; a closely or keenly fought match.

needle oiler US English

= needle lubricator.

needle paper US English

Strong black paper of a type originally used for packaging needles.

needle rifle US English

= needle-gun.

needle roller US English

A roller in the form of a long, thin, sometimes tapered cylinder, used in roller bearings.

needle-sharp US English

As sharp as a needle; figurative acute, quick-witted.

needle-shell US English

Any of various marine gastropod molluscs with tall, pointed shells; (now especially) = needle whelk.

needle-shower US English

A shower bath of strong fine jets of water; an act of bathing in such a shower.

needle spray US English

A fine but powerful jet of water from a shower head.

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