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1needle/ˈniːdl̟/noun
pluralneedles
1needle
/ˈniːdl̟/
noun
pluralneedles
Learner's definition of NEEDLE  
[count]
: a small, very thin object that is used in sewing and that has a sharp point at one end and a hole for thread
— see picture at sewing
   b  : one of the two long, thin sticks that are used in knitting and that are pointed at one end
   c  : a very thin, pointed steel tube that is pushed through the skin so that something (such as a drug) can be put into your body or so that blood or other fluids can be taken from it
   d  : a very thin tube used with a pump to put air into a ball (such as a basketball or football)
: a long, thin object that moves to point to something (such as a measurement or direction)
: a leaf that is shaped like a very thin stick
— see color picture on this page
: a very small piece of metal that touches a record and produces sound when the record is played

a needle in a haystack

informal
: someone or something that is very hard to find
— see also pins and needles

— needlelike

/ˈniːdl̟ˌlaɪk/adjective,[more needlelike; most needlelike]
2needle/ˈniːdl̟/verb
needlesneedledneedling
2needle
/ˈniːdl̟/
verb
needlesneedledneedling
Learner's definition of NEEDLE  
[+ object]informal
: to criticize and laugh at (someone) in either a friendly or an unkind way : tease
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