A small, slender implement used for sewing or surgical suturing, made usually of polished steel and having an eye at one end through which a length of thread is passed and held. Any one of various other implements, such as one used in knitting or crocheting. A slender piece of jewel or steel used to transmit vibrations from the grooves of a phonograph record. A slender pointer or indicator on a dial, scale, or similar part of a mechanical device. A magnetic needle. A hypodermic needle. Informal A hypodermic injection; a shot. Chiefly Upper Northern U.S. See dragonfly. See Regional Note at dragonfly. A narrow stiff leaf, as those of conifers. A fine, sharp projection, as a spine of a sea urchin or a crystal. A sharp-pointed instrument used in engraving. Informal A goading, provoking, or teasing remark or act. To prick, pierce, or stitch with a small, slender, sharp-pointed implement. Informal To goad, provoke, or tease. Slang To increase the alcoholic content of (a beverage). To sew or do similar work with a small, slender, sharp-pointed implement.