• Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
    Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj needled of trees whose leaves are acerate
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cleopatra's Needle Cleopatra's Needle


  • Ethiopian Proverb
    Ethiopian Proverb
    “Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.”
  • Bible
    “It is easier for a camel to pass through they eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”
  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “Getting money is like digging with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand.”
  • Kehlog Albran
    Kehlog Albran
    “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle if it is lightly greased.”


Needle in a haystack - If trying to find something is like looking for a needle in a haystack, it means that it is very difficult, if not impossible to find among everything around it.
On pins and needles - If you are on pins and needles, you are very worried about something.
Rusty needle - When something is described as a rusty needle, it is badly damaged but still works, or if someone very is sick or tired but still manages to do things at a fairly good level. An alternative form is "a tarnished needle".


In literature:

These girls contribute to their own support by laundry and needle work.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
She was a hopelessly dull scholar, and she was awkward with her needle.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
He held the needle up before my eyes.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
New stitches may be demonstrated on large pieces of scrim, with long darning-needles and coarse red or black yarn.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Bonne Justine said that I should make a very good needle-woman.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
He can't get in any more than a camel can get into a needle; and you know a camel can't.
"Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's" by Sophie May
John drew the needle from his coat lapel and wedged it carefully in the joint between his desk and the back of Olga's seat.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
The Mentorian paused, needle in hand.
"The Colors of Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Done on 2 needles, No.
"Exercises in Knitting" by Cornelia Mee
Wallace adjusted the valve in the chamber and watched the needle drop until it showed zero.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
The needle is pointed towards the worker.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
Aunt Grace smiled and began plying her needles once more.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
The best stitch is made by putting in the needle, and then turning the thread around it, near the eye.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
It's a two-card needle-tell swindle.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
It was soon after this that Willow-grouse learned to make needles of large hard bones.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Attach one needle to the syringe and take up the required dose of inoculum and remove the needle.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He turned them on and leaned close, watching the spinning dials, the quivering needles.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
The term is often vaguely used to denote all kinds of ornamental needlework, and some with which the needle has nothing to do.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
I am sure her eyes are as sharp as two needles.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
The ladies' light dresses were completely strewn with pine needles, pine needles settled in their hair and on their bosoms.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann

In poetry:

Needle, running in and out,
In and out, in and out,
Do you know what you're about,
In and out, in and out?
"Puzzled Stiches" by Hazel Hall
The tempter said his say,
Which pierced him like a needle -
He summoned straight away
His sexton and his beadle.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Oh the needle is your portion,
My sufferin' fellow men,
Till the King shall take the notion
To own his coin again.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
I pray that, risen from the dead,
I may in glory stand —
A crown, perhaps, upon my head,
But a needle in my hand.
"Grandma’s Prayer" by Eugene Field
But if you only breathe the name I name upon my knees,
Ah, surely I should catch the word above such sounds as these.
And Grannie's needles click no more, the ball of yarn is done,
And she's asleep outside the door where shines the merry sun.
"The Shell" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
On a far night, the glinting pine needles
Accepted lettings of remorseful tears.
On a far night, the skies were frosty-white,
The lofty pine clutched the hanging noose.
Love made descent on the lofty pine,
He was suspended in the posture of prayer.
"Aerial Strangulation" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

Swiss " healer " accused of intentionally infecting 16 people with HIV using acupuncture needles.
Swiss " healer " charged over sticking people with HIV-infected needles.
A Swiss " healer " has been charged with transmitting HIV to 16 patients using acupuncture needles.
The new line sits south of the Third Needle.
Would you let someone stick you with thin needles to manage chronic pain.
Photos show the placement of a cryogel inside a 1-mL syringe, and the recovery of a square gel after injection through a normal 16-gauge needle.
Each needle injects ink , a drop at a time, 1-2 millimeters below the skin's surface.
When I was a kid, I hated needles, and now here I am using them on myself.
We're waiting on word from the Space Needle about which design will top the Seattle landmark this fall.
Due to a local e-mail campaign another group has pulled ahead–if you want to see a "Henry" atop the Space Needle vote now–its your last chance.
The Space Needle debuted this temporary look Tuesday.
Tired of the Space Needle 's retro "galaxy orange" look.
Eitech to Release Deluxe Space Needle Construction Set.
We watched the fireworks at the Space Needle on television at midnight.
Seattle Space Needle at Night.

In science:

It controls for whether the person can feel the needle. D.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking
Quantum mechanics helps in searching a needle in a haystack.
QuECT: A New Quantum Programming Paradigm
Another interesting class of inequalities was obtained by using the so-called ”needle decomposition method” in the field of Geometric Functional Analysis.
Concentration and Moment Inequalities for Polynomials of Independent Random Variables
We have already discussed the main features of the so lution (4.6) in sect ion 2; now we pd and р are collinear a quantum should ment ion another important result. If the vectors particle can be found in so called “needle states”, its transversal posit ion is defined strictly.
Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology
D. Bohm). The presence of de can change radically the spat ial-temporal distr ibution of probability density. In part icular, a part icle can be found in so-called “needle” states when it is localized str ictly transversely.
Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology
Quantum mechanics helps in searching for a needle in a haystack.
Quantum Hopfield Model
The detection problem is further complicated by the “needle-in-a-haystack” challenge of locating weak signals in a vast search space.
Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Needle in a Haystack
Quantum mechanics helps in searching for a needle in a haystack.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
This value was selected so that the model could predict the spread of a single experimental fire in pinaster needles.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Results of the model are compared to experimental results presented by Dupuy (2000) in which two radiation-only models, that of de Mestre et al. (1989) and a one-dimensional version of Albini (1985, 1986) were compared to laboratory experiments conducted with Pinus pinaster and P. halipensis needles.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Introduction –The original of Monte Carlo (MC) method for computations can back to hundreds of years ago, e.g., the Buffon’s needle experiment.
Pure Monte Carlo Method: a Third Way for Plasma Simulation
Since there are roughly 109 photons to each baryon in the Universe, it is very difficult to produce the CMB in astrophysical processes such as the absorption and re-emission of starlight by cold dust (even iron needles) or the absorption or emission by plasmas.
The Cosmic Microwave Background Spectrum
If, however, α is transcendental (e.g. π), much more pronounced needles appear, but at rather irregular positions.
Diffraction of random tilings: some rigorous results
If at the time t the needle deflects to the left, then it always has been and always will be true that at the time t the needle deflects to the left.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
Consider a needle-like grain interacting with a stream of atoms.
Polarized Foreground Emission from Dust: Grain Alignment and MHD Turbulence