- needle ► NOUN 1) a very thin pointed piece of metal with a hole or eye for thread at the blunter end, used in sewing. 2) a similar, larger instrument without an eye, used in knitting, crochet, etc. 3) the pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe. 4) a stylus used to play records. 5) a thin pointer on a dial, compass, etc. 6) the thin, sharp, stiff leaf of a fir or pine tree. 7) Brit. informal hostility or antagonism provoked by rivalry.► VERB 1) prick or pierce with or as with a needle. 2) informal provoke or annoy by continual criticism.ORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.