needle

noun
1 for sewing, knitting, etc.
ADJECTIVE
long
blunt
sharp
fine
darning, embroidery, knitting, sewing, tapestry
VERB + NEEDLE
use
thread
NEEDLE + VERB
prick sb/sth
PHRASES
the eye of a needle
needle and thread

She sewed it on with needle and thread.

a needle in a haystack

Looking for one man in a city this size is like looking for a needle in a haystack (= difficult to find).

2 for drugs
ADJECTIVE
hypodermic, syringe
injection
long
sharp
fine, thin
clean, sterile
contaminated, dirty, infected (esp. BrE)
used
VERB + NEEDLE
inject, insert, jab (sb with), plunge, push, put, stick

He saw her stick a needle into her arm.

remove, withdraw
use
share

the dangers of sharing needles

NEEDLE + VERB
go in

The needle went in easily.

pierce sth

She winced when she felt the needle pierce her skin.

NEEDLE + NOUN
tip
exchange

needle exchange schemes (BrE)

needle exchange programs (AmE)

(= where drug users can change used needles for clean ones)
biopsy
PHRASES
the prick of a needle
3 on a compass/instrument
ADJECTIVE
magnetic
compass
NEEDLE + VERB
move

The needle moved away from the wind.

point
PHRASES
the needle of a compass
4 on a pine tree
ADJECTIVE
conifer, pine
VERB + NEEDLE
drop, lose

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Needle — Nee dle (n[=e] d l), n. [OE. nedle, AS. n[=ae]dl; akin to D. neald, OS. n[=a]dla, G. nadel, OHG. n[=a]dal, n[=a]dala, Icel. n[=a]l, Sw. n[*a]l, Dan. naal, and also to G. n[ a]hen to sew, OHG. n[=a]jan, L. nere to spin, Gr. ne ein, and perh. to E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • needle — [nēd′ l] n. [ME nedle < OE nædl, akin to Ger nadel < IE base * (s)nē , *(s)nēi , to sew, spin > SNOOD, L nere, Gr nein, to spin] 1. a) a small, slender piece of steel with a sharp point at one end and a hole for thread at the other, used …   English World dictionary

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