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needle

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
get pins and needles
▪ I’ll have to move because I’m starting to get pins and needles in my foot.
knitting needle
pine needle
pins and needles
▪ I’ll have to move because I’m starting to get pins and needles in my foot.
the compass needle (=the long piece of metal that moves to show north)
thread...needle
▪ Will you thread the needle for me?
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
adjacent
▪ Following her instructions to the letter, I took the centre stitch and transferred it to the adjacent needle.
▪ For example, the rule of not having two adjacent needles tucking.
▪ Move stitch from needle 3 to adjacent needle.
alternate
▪ Also, an alternate needle pattern produces beautiful mash lace very easily.
▪ Transfer all the stitches to the main bed, placing two stitches on alternate needles.
▪ This carriage can be set to knit alternate needles on the ribber.
▪ This, as you probably know by now, selects alternate needles automatically.
clean
▪ Tacoma's push for clean needles was started by Dave Purchase, a local drug counsellor.
▪ Instead, they should provide the user with clean needles and information to help avoid infection.
empty
▪ Put the empty needles in non-working position and knit on.
▪ Push the empty needle to non-working position.
▪ Drop the loops from the needles marked X and put the empty needles to non-working position.
▪ Bring forward the empty in-between needles on both beds, matching the ends.
▪ All back bed empty needles to non-working position.
fine
▪ Percutaneous fine needle aspiration cytology is, however, highly operator dependent.
▪ The possible dissemination of tumour by percutaneous fine needle aspiration cytology may result in these becoming the diagnostic techniques of choice.
▪ A fine needle on a syringe was introduced through the cyst wall, and air under pressure pushed the syringe barrel outwards.
▪ Practitioners use fine needles - normally stainless steel - to stimulate specific anatomical points of the body.
▪ In these patients two novel cytology methods, endobiliary biopsy and endobiliary fine needle aspiration, may be suitable.
full
▪ For a Chunky machine and a full needle rib setting use double knit yarn.
▪ Push up needles for full needle rib.
▪ Some yarns will give a neat sideways band using full needle rib but others look very floppy so beware.
▪ For a full needle tuck stitch garment then you can choose between a full needle rib or a 2x1 setting.
▪ Three and four colour knitting is usually more successful using full needle rib and fine yarns with the ribber.
▪ For a full needle tuck stitch garment then you can choose between a full needle rib or a 2x1 setting.
hypodermic
▪ A little extra pressure and I would be able to fish it out with the hypodermic needle I had poised ready.
▪ Officers found used hypodermic needles in a trailer in the backyard next to an infant car seat.
▪ She had asked for more antibiotics, some hypodermic needles, and a lot of sterile dressings.
▪ In recent years, most notably on the album New York, Reed has swapped the hypodermic needle for the wagging finger.
long
▪ Thread up the second yarn with a long needle or bodkin and thread this second yarn into the correct slot.
▪ It was like a long knitting needle.
▪ The woman used long needles of bone to stitch the parts of her son together again.
selected
▪ If the designer has longer blocks of selected or unselected needles, the floats of weaving yarn will also be longer.
▪ Those stitches that were on the selected needles have been transferred to the needle on the left.
sharp
▪ A young, thin-faced man with brown hair, a sharp needle nose and watery eyes answered.
▪ Using sharp needles and ink, they were in the act of tattooing something on the girl's back.
▪ The tower is visible tens of miles away, a sharp white needle of stone thrusting into sky.
■ NOUN
compass
▪ He knew it was a question of keeping a direction in your head, like a compass needle.
▪ The compass needle points to the magnetic north pole.
▪ Point the truck west and the engine is now to the left, so it pulls the compass needle left.
exchange
▪ Black politicians and community leaders who opposed needle exchanges claimed the programme was racist and genocidal.
▪ San Francisco has had a formal needle exchange throughout the 1990s.
▪ Make good use of your local needle exchange or chemist and stock up on new works.
▪ The United States is the only Western country that does not include needle exchange in its drug policy.
▪ For the last 5 years, chemists in Gloucestershire which display this sign have been operating a needle exchange system.
▪ We offer advice, needle exchanges, and monitoring of physical and psychological variables.
▪ My needle exchange operates on a dealing street.
▪ Five needle exchange schemes, each running for a couple of hours a week.
knitting
▪ They had a steel knitting needle.
▪ A knitting needle, in this day and age!
▪ Cornelius observed that these corresponded in size to the diameter of a number thirteen knitting needle.
▪ Mr Davidson was battered to death while his daughter's eye was pierced with a knitting needle.
▪ Out of it she drew a little distaff, much as we would draw out a pair of knitting needles.
pine
▪ The scent and hissing of pine needles make him believe he's in a hospital where nurses pass by him.
▪ Gourd artist Alice Hunter of Tavares will teach pine-needle weaving, demonstrating how to decorate rims of gourds with pine needles.
▪ She was pointing at a recess scraped in the soft earth and pine needles.
▪ I really believe I could have hit a mosquito in the eye with a pine needle at thirty paces.
▪ These are domed-shaped mounds, around three feet across, covered in pine needles and busy with ants moving over the surface.
▪ Pick up a handful of pine needles from the forest floor.
▪ Bursting from the trees ahead of him, three black shapes came hurtling towards him over the pine needle floor of the clearing.
▪ Kenny stabbed the toe of his shoe into the layer of pine needles, digging for the dirt beneath.
rib
▪ For a Chunky machine and a full needle rib setting use double knit yarn.
▪ Again cast on in full needle rib then transfer the stitches according to the diagram.
▪ So again if you're unfamiliar with this yarn and needle arrangement, start by knitting stripes in full needle rib.
▪ Push up needles for full needle rib.
▪ Some yarns will give a neat sideways band using full needle rib but others look very floppy so beware.
▪ Cast on in full needle rib, using cast on two and a three-ply or similar weight yarn.
▪ See Sample B. You can repeat the transfer rows as many times as you wish before continuing in full needle rib.
▪ Three and four colour knitting is usually more successful using full needle rib and fine yarns with the ribber.
selection
▪ Automatic end needle selection is another bonus which insures that knitted edges are always neat and tidy.
▪ So the end needle selection cams on punchcard machines should be put out of work.
▪ The needle selection for patterning is electromagnetic.
▪ On machines with automatic end needle selection cams, these are set to select the end needles to the selected position.
▪ On machines without automatic end needle selection, I watch the end needles.
■ VERB
bring
▪ Row 1: Bring needle from back to front of work through the stitch below the first stitch to be worked.
▪ Put the carriage on to the rail, bring it near to the needles, lock it on to the rail and start to turn.
▪ Reduce your rate of descent immediately to bring the needle back towards the circle.
▪ After the last stitch of the row, bring the needle up through the stitch above.
▪ Take particular note that putting the side levers to 0 will bring needles in E position back to B position.
▪ The carriage will knit, bringing the needles back to B position as it does so.
▪ So, I bring all the remaining needles forward to knit the background colour.
▪ Remove waste from this edge and bring the needles forward again. 10.
hold
▪ The stitching is done holding the needles with tweezers with the surgeons wearing special operating glasses.
▪ You may have to hold the needles down as you go.
insert
▪ Quickly Robert inserted the needle into the thigh muscle, and in about a minute, the small body went limp.
▪ She struggled to find a vein to insert a needle for a transfusion.
knit
▪ Put the empty needles in non-working position and knit on.
▪ As you knit, the edge needles will knit back every two rows.
▪ The carriage will knit, bringing the needles back to B position as it does so.
▪ When you knit punch lace, the cotton thread in feeder 2 knits every needle on every row.
▪ This carriage can be set to knit alternate needles on the ribber.
▪ On Brother and Toyota machines, the needles that are selected forward of the needlebed are the needles that will knit.
leave
▪ Then firmly tack the seam, leaving the needles in place, to hold the layers together.
▪ Continue in this way across the bed, leaving stitches on the needles as you crochet.
▪ Do not leave needles lying around.
move
▪ The only clues that I was flying were moving needles in gauges and radio conversations with various control towers.
▪ If nothing moved, then the needle might not jump into the little groove of the day.
push
▪ Handle down. Push up all in-between needles on the front bed.
▪ He pushed an intravenous needle into her arm.
put
▪ I embroidered a design and laid some flax on a scarf, and put it through the needles.
▪ I watched my high school buddy put a needle into her arm.
▪ Drop the loops from the needles marked X and put the empty needles to non-working position.
▪ Volkov kept putting the needle back to the start of the record again, smiling like some one cooking a perfect omelette.
▪ Ryder, you wouldn't have the bottle to put a needle anywhere near your arm.
select
▪ Move the carriage across the bed to select the needles.
▪ Knit two rows as shown by the curved arrow then select the needles and move the lace carriage to the right.
▪ I understand that in conjunction with the Design Controller it will select the needles for intarsia knitting.
▪ Nothing will happen, since you haven't yet selected any needles and this carriage can not knit.
▪ Never select more than one needle in sequence at a time.
▪ The format of the bed should be lace carriage at the left and main carriage at the right before selecting needles.
▪ These three rows, selecting the needles and knitting two rows between have created a sloping repeat motif across the row.
▪ The Carriage is set as for stocking stitch, except that the carriage must be reading the card and selecting the needles.
share
▪ The rest were mainly infected as a result of injecting drugs and sharing needles.
▪ Transmission by sharing unsterilized needles is easy to understand.
▪ How to keep healthy Never share a needle or syringe if you're injecting drugs.
▪ Still, sharing needles creates a somewhat limited viral highway.
▪ Most have contracted the disease through sharing needles.
▪ In addition, IDUs often share needles with the same small cluster of people, keeping infection within a limited circle.
▪ They had all shared needles for years, but only among themselves.
stick
▪ Who are these two, these fiercely attractive men who want me to stick their needle in my arm?
▪ Blacks, however, were expected to stick needles in their arms.
▪ Out on the street the fog sears the back of your nostrils and the cold sticks a needle up every pore.
▪ Indinavir, a protease inhibitor, is added for workers accidentally stuck with HIVexposed needles.
thread
▪ It reminded me of Mrs Patrick Campbell, who, according to Shaw, could thread a needle with her toes.
▪ He sat with Lula while she quilted, threading needles for her and telling her about his day.
▪ Even many conservatives agree that Clinton has threaded that needle more effectively than they expected.
use
▪ Practitioners use fine needles - normally stainless steel - to stimulate specific anatomical points of the body.
▪ Ordinary chlorine bleach kills the virus on contact and can be used to sterilize needles between uses.
▪ Seven guys all used the same needle.
▪ Officers found used hypodermic needles in a trailer in the backyard next to an infant car seat.
▪ Some yarns will give a neat sideways band using full needle rib but others look very floppy so beware.
▪ You can also use a twin needle on most domestic machines.
▪ It is sometimes accomplished by using a needle to draw out the contents of the fetal skull.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be on pins and needles
▪ I was on pins and needles until I found out I'd won.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The needles have dropped off the Christmas tree.
▪ The AIDS virus can be transmitted by the use of dirty needles.
▪ There must be some dust on the needle.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Billy used his penknife to fashion a needle sharp point on each of the sticks.
▪ How many tucks can any one needle accept without the whole thing piling up on the needles and jamming the carriages?
▪ It will be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
▪ Pick up a handful of pine needles from the forest floor.
▪ The needles splinter the wind into dirges and laments that tell of the long and tragic history of the trees.
▪ Then firmly tack the seam, leaving the needles in place, to hold the layers together.
▪ Then I tried the new needle supplied with the machine when I bought it many years ago.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Paula kept needling him about getting a job, and so finally he hit her.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Band members sing spontaneous and insulting ditties, needling the girls as they run up the court or in-bound the ball.
▪ Beak's been filed to needle sharpness.
▪ She needled him too much and punctured his control.
▪ She prodded, quizzed, needled, and unsettled me for about an hour until finally she stopped, satisfied.
▪ Something about him was beginning to needle her, challenging her to meet him on his own terms.
Wikipedia

Needle

A needle is generally a thin, cylindrical object, often with a sharp point on the end.

Needle may refer to:

Needle (comics)

The Needle is a comic book character. He is a mutant supervillain in Marvel Comics' main shared universe. Created by Mark Gruenwald, Carmine Infantino, and Al Gordon, the character first appeared in Spider-Woman #9 (December 1978).

Needle (novel)

Needle is a 1950 novel written by Hal Clement, originally published the previous year in Astounding Science Fiction magazine. The book was notable in that it broke new ground in the science fiction field by postulating an alien lifeform, not hostile, which could live within the human body. Also published as From Outer Space, the book would, in 1978, spark the sequel Through the Eye of a Needle.

Needle (module)

Needle (I11) is a Dungeons & Dragons module. Author: Frank Mentzer (1987)

Needle (stack)

The Needle is a sea stack on the island of Hoy, Orkney. It is located on the south west coast of Hoy at .

Needle (2010 film)

Needle (also known as Black Magic) is a 2010 Australian independent supernatural horror film starring Michael Dorman, Jessica Marais, Travis Fimmel, Trilby Glover, and Ben Mendelsohn, and directed by John V. Soto. Needle is structured as a murder mystery, with six distinct clues pointing to one of ten suspects; the trailer is intentionally misleading. The film premiered at Cinefest OZ in August 2010, and has since screened at the British Horror Film Festival and Screamfest Horror Film Festival; as well as the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Needle had a limited eight-screen release in Australian cinemas on 28 July 2011. The film also had a successful release in Turkey on 29 July 2011 where it opened at No.4 at the box office on 62 screens. Needle played for 13 weeks eventually grossing US$259,185. At 1 September 2012, Needle has been sold in 82 countries worldwide with rights for major territories going to Lionsgate (USA), High Fliers (UK), Telepool (Germany), Playarte (Brazil), SND (France), Shochiku (Japan) and Sony (Australia) Needle was filmed over six weeks in Perth, Western Australia. Needle had its Australian TV Premiere on Saturday the 12th of December, 2015 on Channel ONE (Network TEN).

Director John V. Soto credits influences from such horror and mystery films as Hellraiser, Urban Legend, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Wiktionary

needle

n. 1 A long, thin, sharp implement usually for piercing such as sewing, or knitting, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, medical injections etc. 2 Any slender, pointed object resembling a needle, such as a pointed crystal, a sharp pinnacle of rock, an obelisk, etc. 3 A long, thin device for indicating measurements on a dial or graph, e.g. a ''compass needle''. 4 A sensor for playing phonograph records, a phonograph stylus. 5 A long, pointed leaf found on some conifers. 6 {{context|informal|usually preceded by (term the English)|lang=en}} The death penalty carried out by lethal injection. vb. 1 To pierce with a needle, especially for sewing or acupuncture. 2 (context transitive English) To tease in order to provoke; to poke fun at. 3 (context transitive English) To form in the shape of a needle.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

needle

Stylus \Sty"lus\, n. [L. stylus, or better stilus.]

  1. An instrument for writing. See Style, n., 1.

  2. That needle-shaped part at the tip of the playing arm of phonograph which sits in the groove of a phonograph record while it is turning, to detect the undulations in the phonograph groove and convert them into vibrations which are transmitted to a system (since 1920 electronic) which converts the signal into sound; also called needle. The stylus is frequently composed of a hard metal or of diamond.

  3. The needle-like device used to cut the grooves which record the sound on the original disc during recording of a phonograph record; it is moved by the vibrations given to the diaphragm by a sound, and produces the indented record.

  4. (Computers) A pen-shaped pointing device used to specify the cursor position on a graphics tablet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

needle

Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *næthlo (cognates: Old Saxon nathla, Old Norse nal, Old Frisian nedle, Old High German nadala, German Nadel, Gothic neþla "needle"), literally "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root *(s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (cognates: Sanskrit snayati "wraps up," Greek nein "to spin," Latin nere "to spin," German nähen "to sew," Old Church Slavonic niti "thread," Old Irish snathat "needle," Welsh nyddu "to sew," nodwydd "needle") + instrumental suffix *-tla.To seke out one lyne in all hys bookes wer to go looke a nedle in a meadow. [Thomas More, c.1530]Meaning "piece of magnetized steel in a compass" is from late 14c. (on a dial or indicator from 1928); the surgical instrument so called from 1727; phonographic sense from 1902; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1797. Needledom "the world of sewing" is from 1847. Needle's eye, figurative of a minute opening, often is a reference to Matt. xix:24.

needle

1715, "to sew or pierce with a needle," from needle (n.). Meaning "goad, provoke" (1881) probably is from earlier meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812). Related: Needled; needling.

WordNet

needle

  1. n. as of a conifer [syn: acerate leaf]

  2. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument

  3. a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)

  4. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record [syn: phonograph needle]

needle

  1. v. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: goad]

  2. prick with a needle

Usage examples of "needle".

Glancing at the accelerometer I noticed that the needle was nudging past five and was almost at the figure six.

The resistance to acceleration must be tremendous, for the accelerometer needle registered zero.

I patted the pocket where my tiny set of gold acupuncture needles rested in their ivory case.

Resigned, I groped in the pocket of my skirt, where I had placed the small box containing the Chinese acupuncture needles that had saved his life on our Atlantic crossing.

They figured the Kurds, Afghanis, and Tuaregs already there would like a bit of smoke, and they could always refine opium into heroin if the Irish and Basques preferred needles to pipes.

Just as she was serving them, lo and behold, over the threshold came their neighbor AH Aga with his stocking and knitting needles and with the green bag given him by Renio slung around his shoulders.

I quickly transferred aliquots of blood to three different vacutainers, then removed the needle from the syringe, all the while concealing the dot of red on my wrist where the needle had hit me.

Then there was a small library of other books, including a medical lexicon published in London and an almanac beginning at the year 1731, the Holy Bible, ink, pens and writing paper, a box of watercolours and brushes, reams of fine-quality drawing paper, knitting needles and wool, a roll of soft tanned leather from which to make the uppers for footwear- the soles would be cut from buffalo rawhide.

No elderly, overweight, unkempt and accented Polish Jew, long-retired from the snack bar business and needle trade, had ever managed an aperitif in the establishment, let alone membership.

In the other a stately araucaria, a thriving, straight-grown baby tree, a perfect specimen, which to the last needle of the topmost twig reflects the pride of frequent ablutions.

Cyrus, and I saw Asteria ruefully sucking her finger where she had pricked it with the needle.

I went in, and was somewhat astonished to find the aunt seated between two worthy Capuchins, who were talking small talk to her while she worked at her needle.

She watched Aunty Em repairing shoes, repairing trousers, jabbing the needle so hard that she sometimes stabbed herself with it.

All three turned to look for their axes, but the ground was heaving and buckling even more violently and their axes had completely disappeared underneath the loose covering of leaves and pines needles that littered the surface.

Even as they watched, both the azimuth and elevation needles crept slowly toward zero error, while range shortened to three miles.