Antonyms for needles

Grammar : Verb
Spell : need-lz
Phonetic Transcription : ˈnid lz

Definition of needles

Origin :
  • Old English nædl, from Proto-Germanic *næthlo (cf. Old Saxon nathla, Old Norse nal, Old Frisian nedle, Old High German nadala, German Nadel, Gothic neþla "needle"), literally "a tool for sewing," from PIE *net-la-, from root *(s)ne- "to sew, to spin" (cf. Sanskrit snayati "wraps up," Greek nein "to spin," Latin nere "to spin," German nähen "to sew," Old Church Slavonic niti "thread," Old Irish 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.
  • verb tease, annoy
Example sentences :
  • All we wanted was them needles and a little elbow-grease and gumption.
  • Extract from : « The Underdog » by F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Pins and needles, thousands of them—and something feels tight.
  • Extract from : « Cleo The Magnificent » by Louis Zangwill
  • The needles and string were to be used for mending the explorers' clothes.
  • Extract from : « Abbe Mouret's Transgression » by Emile Zola
  • No end of cotton and needles had to be sold to get such a sum together!
  • Extract from : « Fruitfulness » by Emile Zola
  • It seemed as though a dozen needles were penetrating little by little into his flesh.
  • Extract from : « Therese Raquin » by Emile Zola
  • Every pipe shank was lowered in an instant, and Grannie's needles ceased to click.
  • Extract from : « The Manxman » by Hall Caine
  • Let us go for universals; for the magnetism, not for the needles.
  • Extract from : « Essays, Second Series » by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It was a disk as big as a dollar with a lot of needles in it.
  • Extract from : « The Goat-gland Transplantation » by Sydney B. Flower
  • But hurry on, my little man, for there are pins and needles in my legs.
  • Extract from : « Irish Fairy Tales » by Edmond Leamy
  • Finish by putting the two needles having stitches on them together.
  • Extract from : « The Ladies' Work-Table Book » by Anonymous

Synonyms for needles

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019