Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
To form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.
To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.
See Magnetic needle, under Magnetic.
One of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See Pinus.
Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing.
A slender rod or wire used in knitting; a knitting needle; also, a hooked instrument which carries the thread or twine, and by means of which knots or loops are formed in the process of netting, knitting, or crocheting.
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\nee"dle\ (?), n. [oe. nedle, as. n&?;dl; akin to d. neald, os. nādla, g. nadel, ohg. nādal, nādala, icel. nāl, sw. n?l, dan. naal, and also to g. n?hen to sew, ohg. nājan, l. nere to spin, gr. &?;, and perh. to e. snare: cf. gael. & ir. snathad needle, gael. snath thread, g. schnur string, cord.]
1. a small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, -- used in sewing.
note: in some needles(as for sewing machines) the eye is at the pointed end, but in ordinary needles it is at the blunt end.
2. see magnetic needle, under magnetic.
3. a slender rod or wire used in knitting; a knitting needle; also, a hooked instrument which carries the thread or twine, and by means of which knots or loops are formed in the process of netting, knitting, or crocheting.
4. (bot.) one of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. see pinus.
5. any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
declination of the needle
thread the needle
declension of the needle
dip of the needle
variation of the needle
inclination of the needle
ENGLISH IDIOMS 2.EDITION
ask bothersome questions, a hassle She needled him with questions about his former girlfriends.
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From the Bible, Mark 10:25.
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English Idioms WM 1.3a
ask bothersome questions, a hassle
She needled him with questions about his former girlfriends.
1. as of a conifer
(synonym) acerate leaf
(hypernym) simple leaf
2. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
3. a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
(hyponym) crochet needle, crochet hook
4. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record
(synonym) phonograph needle
1. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
(hypernym) harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke
2. prick with a needle
(hypernym) prickle, prick
(classification) sewing, stitchery
To use a needle in your dream, is a warning of approaching affliction, in which you will suffer keenly the loss of sympathy, which is rightfully yours.
To dream of threading a needle, denotes that you will be burdened with the care of others than your own household.
To look for a needle, foretells useless worries.
To find a needle, foretells that you will have friends who will appreciate you.
To break one, signifies loneliness and poverty.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project