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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Declination  \Dec`li*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  declinatio  a  bending  aside, 
  an  avoiding:  cf  F.  d['e]clination  a  decadence.  See 
  1.  The  act  or  state  of  bending  downward;  inclination;  as 
  declination  of  the  head. 
  2.  The  act  or  state  of  falling  off  or  declining  from 
  excellence  or  perfection;  deterioration;  decay;  decline 
  ``The  declination  of  monarchy.''  --Bacon. 
  Summer  .  .  .  is  not  looked  on  as  a  time  Of 
  declination  or  decay.  --Waller. 
  3.  The  act  of  deviating  or  turning  aside;  oblique  motion; 
  obliquity;  withdrawal. 
  The  declination  of  atoms  in  their  descent. 
  Every  declination  and  violation  of  the  rules 
  4.  The  act  or  state  of  declining  or  refusing;  withdrawal; 
  refusal;  averseness. 
  The  queen's  declination  from  marriage.  --Stow. 
  5.  (Astron.)  The  angular  distance  of  any  object  from  the 
  celestial  equator,  either  northward  or  southward. 
  6.  (Dialing)  The  arc  of  the  horizon,  contained  between  the 
  vertical  plane  and  the  prime  vertical  circle,  if  reckoned 
  from  the  east  or  west,  or  between  the  meridian  and  the 
  plane,  reckoned  from  the  north  or  south. 
  7.  (Gram.)  The  act  of  inflecting  a  word  declension.  See 
  {Decline},  v.  t.,  4. 
  {Angle  of  declination},  the  angle  made  by  a  descending  line 
  or  plane,  with  a  horizontal  plane. 
  {Circle  of  declination},  a  circle  parallel  to  the  celestial 
  {Declination  compass}  (Physics),  a  compass  arranged  for 
  finding  the  declination  of  the  magnetic  needle. 
  {Declination  of  the  compass}  or  {needle},  the  horizontal 
  angle  which  the  magnetic  needle  makes  with  the  true 
  north-and-south  line 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Needle  \Nee"dle\,  n.  [OE.  nedle,  AS  n?dl;  akin  to  D.  neald,  OS 
  n[=a]dla,  G.  nadel,  OHG.  n[=a]dal,  n[=a]dala,  Icel.  n[=a]l, 
  Sw  n[*a]l,  Dan.  naal,  and  also  to  G.  n["a]hen  to  sew,  OHG. 
  n[=a]jan,  L.  nere  to  spin,  Gr  ?,  and  perh.  to  E.  snare:  cf 
  Gael.  &  Ir  snathad  needle,  Gael.  snath  thread,  G.  schnur 
  string,  cord.] 
  1.  A  small  instrument  of  steel,  sharply  pointed  at  one  end 
  with  an  eye  to  receive  a  thread,  --  used  in  sewing. 
  Note:  In  some  needles(as  for  sewing  machines)  the  eye  is  at 
  the  pointed  end  but  in  ordinary  needles  it  is  at  the 
  blunt  end 
  2.  See  {Magnetic  needle},  under  {Magnetic}. 
  3.  A  slender  rod  or  wire  used  in  knitting;  a  knitting  needle; 
  also  a  hooked  instrument  which  carries  the  thread  or 
  twine,  and  by  means  of  which  knots  or  loops  are  formed  in 
  the  process  of  netting,  knitting,  or  crocheting. 
  4.  (Bot.)  One  of  the  needle-shaped  secondary  leaves  of  pine 
  trees.  See  {Pinus}. 
  5.  Any  slender,  pointed  object,  like  a  needle,  as  a  pointed 
  crystal,  a  sharp  pinnacle  of  rock,  an  obelisk,  etc 
  {Dipping  needle}.  See  under  {Dipping}. 
  {Needle  bar},  the  reciprocating  bar  to  which  the  needle  of  a 
  sewing  machine  is  attached. 
  {Needle  beam}  (Arch.),  to  shoring,  the  horizontal  cross 
  timber  which  goes  through  the  wall  or  a  pier,  and  upon 
  which  the  weight  of  the  wall  rests,  when  a  building  is 
  shored  up  to  allow  of  alterations  in  the  lower  part 
  {Needle  furze}  (Bot.),  a  prickly  leguminous  plant  of  Western 
  Europe;  the  petty  whin  ({Genista  Anglica}). 
  {Needle  gun},  a  firearm  loaded  at  the  breech  with  a  cartridge 
  carrying  its  own  fulminate,  which  is  exploded  by  driving  a 
  slender  needle,  or  pin,  into  it 
  {Needle  loom}  (Weaving),  a  loom  in  which  the  weft  thread  is 
  carried  through  the  shed  by  a  long  eye-pointed  needle 
  instead  of  by  a  shuttle. 
  {Needle  ore}  (Min.),  acicular  bismuth;  a  sulphide  of  bismuth, 
  lead,  and  copper  occuring  in  acicular  crystals;  --  called 
  also  {aikinite}. 
  {Needle  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  sea  urchin. 
  {Needle  spar}  (Min.),  aragonite. 
  {Needle  telegraph},  a  telegraph  in  which  the  signals  are 
  given  by  the  deflections  of  a  magnetic  needle  to  the  right 
  or  to  the  left  of  a  certain  position. 
  {Sea  needle}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  garfish. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Needle  \Nee"dle\,  v.  i. 
  To  form  needles;  to  crystallize  in  the  form  of  needles. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Needle  \Nee"dle\,  v.  t. 
  To  form  in  the  shape  of  a  needle;  as  to  needle  crystals. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  as  of  a  conifer  [syn:  {acerate  leaf}] 
  2:  a  slender  pointer  for  indicating  the  reading  on  the  scale  of 
  a  measuring  instrument 
  3:  a  sharp  pointed  implement  (usually  steel) 
  4:  a  stylus  that  formerly  made  sound  by  following  a  groove  in  a 
  phonograph  record  [syn:  {phonograph  needle}] 
  v  1:  goad  or  provoke,as  by  constant  criticism;  "He  needled  her 
  with  his  sarcastic  remarks"  [syn:  {nettle},  {goad}] 
  2:  prick  with  a  needle;  in  sewing  or  embroidering 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  used  only  in  the  proverb,  "to  pass  through  a  needle's  eye" 
  (Matt.  19:24;  Mark  10:25;  Luke  18:25).  Some  interpret  the 
  expression  as  referring  to  the  side  gate,  close  to  the  principal 
  gate,  usually  called  the  "eye  of  a  needle"  in  the  East;  but  it 
  is  rather  to  be  taken  literally.  The  Hebrew  females  were  skilled 
  in  the  use  of  the  needle  (Ex.  28:39;  26:36;  Judg.  5:30). 

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