• WordNet 3.6
    • adj needle-shaped narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Needle-shaped shaped like a needle: applied to the long, slender, sharp-pointed leaves of pines, firs, and other trees
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. nǽdl; Ger. nadel; cog. with Ger. nähen, to sew, L. nēre, to spin.


In literature:

She knitted badly, clumsily, twisting her fingers into odd shapes and muddling her needles.
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
The trefoil is sewed into shape afterwards with a needle.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
And once it seemed to him three little shapes like short black needles passed in line ahead across the molten silver.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Needles made a quick movement in the same direction, but the small shape was before her.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The needle is now shaped as shown at Fig.
"Watch and Clock Escapements" by Anonymous
Covering the younger branches, but becoming thinner on the older ones, are numerous needle-shaped leaves.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
I lay prone, and gathered together and shaped and reshaped a little heap of pine needles.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
Would those short, wide, duck-like beaks ever become the needle-shaped probers of flowers?
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
Half-hidden among trees rose a slender spire, needle-shaped, tall as a tower, but unwindowed.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
Consists of a large number of needle-shaped crystals.
"The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis" by Frederick Hutton Getman
They are curved in their shape, and their point is as sharp as that of a common needle.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)" by George Warburton
Numerous needle-shaped islets, stacks, and stookawns occur.
"Climbing in The British Isles, Vol. II" by W. P. Haskett Smith
And there, sticking in her little finger, she discovered a curiously shaped needle.
"The Scottish Fairy Book" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
Shortly afterwards passed a needle-shaped monument to George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Every time Ulenspiegel saw a roundness shape itself under the cloth, he stuck a needle into it.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
Leaves scattered, needle-shaped and keeled above and below (4-sided), pointing every way.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
A triangular or diamond shaped point will cut faster and leave a smoother saw kerf and last longer than a needle point.
"Farm Mechanics" by Herbert A. Shearer
They are often needle-shaped, sometimes shining and coated with resin, sometimes silvery owing to a coating of hairs on the under surface.
"Modern Geography" by Marion I. Newbigin
This indicates a needle beaten out into the shape of one of our spuds for removing foreign bodies from the eye.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
There was a row of brass clock-faces with trembling needles and oddly shaped gauges, in which coloured liquid rose and fell.
"The Secret Service Submarine" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In news:

The process of stabbing the wool roving with a felting needle to produce a small, heart-shaped lump of felt , and then tattooing in the message in contrasting wool, looks unbelievably satisfying.
In a shape inspired by a natural channel protein, the DNA-based membrane channel consists of a needle-like stem 42-nm long with an internal diameter of just two nanometers, partly sheathed by a barrel-shaped cap.
In a shape inspired by a natural channel protein, the DNA-based membrane channel consists of a needle-like stem 42 nanometers long with an internal diameter of just two nanometers, partly sheathed by a barrel-shaped cap.
The "needle" name obviously came from the long shape of the first styli .
Using a makeshift needle fashioned from a guitar string, prosecutors allege the couple gave five of the kids, aged 10 to 17, cross-shaped tattoos , while the sixth got "mom and dad" on his arm.

In science:

FIG. 8: Temperature dependence of inverse susceptibility of non-disordered samples at two applied transverse fields for highly prolate (needle-shaped) and spherical samples.
Pure and Random-Field Quantum Criticality in the Dipolar Ising Model: Theory of $Mn_{12}$ acetates
Hence, the electrostatic energy gain in nucleation, pE , is higher for needle-shaped metal particles by a factor of (ε/∆ε)(H/R)2 ≫ 1.
A phenomenological theory of nonphotochemical laser induced nucleation
In FIN, nucleation proceeds through two degrees of freedom by forming needle-shaped particles aligned with the direction of the field (or beam polarization).
A phenomenological theory of nonphotochemical laser induced nucleation
What makes the new material special is that, unlike the needle-shaped CuPzN, it is very easy to grow into extremely large and compact single crystals.
Crystals for neutron scattering studies of quantum magnetism
In all these facilities conventional muon neutrino beams are produced through the decay of π and K mesons generated by a high energy proton beam hitting needle-shaped light targets.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
For example, if α = τ (the golden ratio), a rather regular pattern emerges, and localized bell-shaped needles of increasing height appear at sequences of positions that scale with τ .
Diffraction of random tilings: some rigorous results
The needle shaped p+ and n+ electrodes are fabricated from etched holes which are subsequently filled with appropriate doped polysilicon.
2D Detectors for Particle Physics and for Imaging Applications