needle

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needle is part of the Basic English 850.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /'niː.dl//
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
needle

Plural
needles

  1. A needle is a small, long, thin sharp metal thing with a hole in it, used for sewing.
    She used a needle and blue thread to fix the hole in the shirt.
  2. A needle is a long, thing, sharp metal thing for putting drugs into a person through the skin.
    The doctor used the needle to inject the medicine into the patient.

Verb[change]

Plain form
needle

Third-person singular
needles

Past tense
needled

Past participle
needled

Present participle
needling

  1. (transitive) To tease; to make fun of.
    Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.