Webster 1913 Edition
nǣdl; akin to D.
naal, and also to G.
nähento sew, OHG.
nereto spin, Gr.
νέειν, and perh. to E.
snare: cf. Gael. & Ir.
A small instrument of steel, sharply pointed at one end, with an eye to receive a thread, – used in sewing.
☞ In some needles (as for sewing machines) the eye is at the pointed end, but in ordinary needles it is at the blunt end.
Magnetic needle, under
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.
One of the needle-shaped secondary leaves of pine trees. See
Any slender, pointed object, like a needle, as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc.
the reciprocating bar to which the needle of a sewing machine is attached.–
in shoring, the horizontal cross timber which goes through the wall or a pier, and upon which the weight of the wall rests, when a building is shored up to allow of alterations in the lower part.–
a prickly leguminous plant of Western Europe; the petty whin (–
a firearm loaded at the breech with a cartridge carrying its own fulminate, which is exploded by driving a slender needle, or pin, into it.
a loom in which the weft thread is carried through the shed by a long eye-pointed needle instead of by a shuttle.–
acicular bismuth; a sulphide of bismuth, lead, and copper occuring in acicular crystals; – called also–
a sea urchin.–
a telegraph in which the signals are given by the deflections of a magnetic needle to the right or to the left of a certain position.–
To form in the shape of a needle;
To form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A small instrument of steel pointed at one end, with an eye at the other to receive a thread; used in sewing and embroidery. Needles are also used by surgeons in sewing up wounds.
2.A small pointed piece of steel used in the mariners compass, which by its magnetic quality is attracted and directed to the pole, and thus enables navigators to steer their ships the course intended.
3.Any crystalized substance in the form of a needle.
Dipping needle, a magnetic needle that dips or inclines downwards.