noun A very fine slender piece of polished metal with a point at one end and a hole or eye for thread at the other, used in sewing. (a darning needle) The pointed hollow end of a hypodermic syringe. A thin pointer on a dial, compass, or other instrument. (the meter needle barely moved) A stylus used to play records. (she wound the gramophone and lowered the needle on to the record) The sharp, stiff, slender leaf of a fir or pine tree. A pointed rock or peak. (just left of the needle is a steep wall for those who like bold climbing) Hostility or antagonism provoked by rivalry. (there is already a little bit of needle between the sides) A beam used as a temporary support during underpinning.
verb Prick or pierce with or as if with a needle. (dust needled his eyes) Provoke or annoy (someone) by continual criticism or questioning. (I just said that to Charlie to needle him)