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A needle is a long, thin piece of metal in a tubular shape. It may be used for sewing or medical purposes.

Nee"dle, n. Etym: [oe. nedle, as. n; akin to d. neald, os. nadla, g. Nadel, ohg. nadal, nadala, icel. nal, sw. nål, dan. naal, and also to G. nähen to sew, ohg. najan, l. nere to spin, gr. 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. Chaucer.

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.)

Defn: 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. Dipping needle. See under Dipping.

-- needle bar, the reciprocating bar to which the needle of a sewing

Machine is attached.

-- needle beam (arch.), to 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.

-- needle furze (bot.), a prickly leguminous plant of western

Europe; the petty whin (genista anglica).

-- needle gun, 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.

-- needle loom (weaving), a loom in which the weft thread is carried

Through the shed by a long eye-pointed needle instead of by a Shuttle.

-- needle ore (min.), acicular bismuth; a sulphide of bismuth, lead,

And copper occuring in acicular crystals; -- called also aikinite.

-- needle shell (zoöl.), a sea urchin.
-- needle spar (min.), aragonite.
-- needle telegraph, 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.

-- sea needle (zoöl.), the garfish.

Needle Nee"dle, v. t.

Defn: to form in the shape of a needle; as, to needle crystals.

Needle Nee"dle, v. i.

Defn: to form needles; to crystallize in the form of needles.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Needle - Used only in the proverb, "to pass through a needle's eye" (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the "eye of a needle" in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally. The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle (Exodus 28:39; Exodus 26:36; Judges 5:30).

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