needle

needle
{{11}}needle (n.) O.E. nædl, from P.Gmc. *næthlo (Cf. O.S. nathla, O.N. nal, O.Fris. nedle, O.H.G. nadala, Ger. Nadel, Goth. neþla "needle"), lit. "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root * (s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (Cf. Skt. snayati "wraps up," Gk. nein "to spin," L. nere "to spin," Ger. nähen "to sew," O.C.S. niti "thread," O.Ir. snathat "needle," Welsh nyddu "to sew," nodwydd "needle") + instrumental suffix *-tla.
To seke out one lyne in all hys bookes wer to go looke a nedle in a meadow. [Thomas More, c.1530]
Meaning "piece of magnetized steel in a compass" is from late 14c. (on a dial or indicator from 1928); the surgical instrument so called from 1727; phonographic sense from 1902; sense of "leaf of a fir or pine tree" first attested 1797. Needledom "the world of sewing" is from 1847. Needle's eye, figurative of a minute opening, often is a reference to Matt. xix:24.
{{12}}needle (v.) 1715, "to sew or pierce with a needle," from NEEDLE (Cf. needle) (n.). Meaning "goad, provoke" (1881) probably is from earlier meaning "haggle in making a bargain" (1812). Related: Needled; needling.

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