General English

General Science

  • noun a thin hard leaf of a conifer

Cars & Driving

  • noun a tapered, needle-shaped pin in a carburettor jet


  • noun a tiny metal pin on a dot matrix printer which prints one of the dots


  • In underpinning, the horizontal beam that temporarily holds up the wall or column while a new foundation is being placed.
  • In forming or shoring, a short beam passing through a wall to support shores or forms during construction.
  • In repair or alteration work, a beam that temporarily supports the structure above the area being worked on.


  • A slender and pointed object, or that resembling such an object. For instance, the shape of the magnetizable particles on the surface a magnetic tape or disk is that of a needle. 2. A needle (1) which serves to convey information in a meter, gauge, or similar device or instrument. A specific example is that used in a D'Arsonval galvanometer. Also called needle pointer, indicator needle, or pointer needle.
  • A pointed object which extends from a phonographic pickup, and which serves to follow the undulations of the grooves of a phonographic disc and transmit them as vibrations to said pickup. Such an object is usually made of a metal needle with a diamond or sapphire tip. Also called stylus (3).
  • A needle in a magnetic compass. Also called magnetic needle.


  • A thin steel rod, sharpened at one end and pierced with a flattened hole at the other, used for trussing or larding a bird or piece of meat

Media Studies

  • noun the tone arm on the pickup of a record player


  • noun a thin metal instrument with a sharp point at one end and a hole at the other for attaching a thread, used for sewing up surgical incisions
  • noun the hollow pointed end of a hypodermic syringe, or the syringe itself

Real Estate

  • noun a tall stone pillar

Origin & History of “needle”

Etymologically, a needle is a ‘sewing’ implement. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *nēthlō (source also of German nadel, Dutch naald, Swedish nål, and Danish naal), which was derived from an Indo-European base *- ‘sew’ (represented also in English nerve and neural).