needle needle  /ˈni dəl/


  1. (n) the leaf of a conifer
  2. (n) a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument
  3. (n) a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
  4. (n) a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record
  5. (v) goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
  6. (v) prick with a needle



  1. Both Mutrux and Jerry Schatzberg, who directed Needle Park, are too much absorbed by the mechanics of addiction.
  2. Despite campaign promises to do so, Obama has not lifted the federal funding ban on needle-exchange programs for drug addicts.
  3. Ever since people began using phonographs for pleasure they have found their pleasure marred by the continual necessity of changing needles.


  1. O’Reilly Reins In GOP Strategist On NSA: ‘Not Just Obama Admin., You Can’t Trust Any Government Agency’

    Bill O'Reilly threaded the data-gathering needle on The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night, accusing Kirsten Powers of being on the cover of Fascism Weekly for her pro-NSA stance, then refusing to let Republican strategist Kate Obenshain pin the Bush-era programs on the Obama administration.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  2. Dataminr raises $30M to keep surfacing the most significant tweets

    The needle-and-haystack analogy of finding important insights inside big data certainly applies to tweets, and Dataminr, one service that find the needles in the Twitter firehose, just got more venture funding.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: GigaOM

  3. Research and Markets: The Hospital Market For Huber Needles & Needle Sets In France

    Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "The Hospital Market For Huber Needles & Needle Sets In
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "You've been sounding some very dire warnings about the economy in recent days. How close do you think the country is to a kind of economic catastrophe that you're warning them? I'm constantly trying to thread the needle between sounding alarmist...
    on Feb 10, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: The Swamp - Tribune's Washington Bureau (blog)

  2. "There is a bit of needle in every game these days, because the teams are so desperate to win," Scholes said in The Sun. "Gareth Southgate is a winner by nature. He will want his team to win every game and to perform well. Our manager is the...
    on Dec 28, 2008 By: Paul Scholes Source:

  3. "It's a gift, being able to sense something unique in somebody, and that's what I aimed for, always," said Foster. "Anybody that dropped a needle on a groove of a Monument record, I wanted them to immediately know, `Oh, that's Dolly Parton,'...
    on Jul 19, 2007 By: Fred Foster Source: Washington Post

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