Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sharp, pointed mountain peak.
  • n. A needle-shaped drill for boring holes in rock or masonry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A needle-shaped peak.
  • n. An instrument for boring holes, used in blasting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A needle-shaped peak.
  • n. An instrument for boring holes, used in blasting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slender form of drill used for boring or drilling a blast-hole in rock.
  • n. A priming-wire or blasting-needle.
  • n. The name given near Mont Blanc to the sharper peaks or clusters of needle-like rock-masses, ordinarily seen wherever the slaty crystalline rocks occur, forming a more or less considerable part of a mountain range, but most strikingly near Chamonix. Hence applied, though rarely, to similar sharply pointed peaks elsewhere.

Etymologies

French, needle, from Old French; see aglet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French aiguilleĀ ("needle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word aiguille does not point to the castle on the Creuse.

    The Hollow Needle; Further adventures of Arsene Lupin

  • At any rate, I wrote to him yesterday, on chance, to ask if he had not in his possession a little old book bearing on its title - page the word aiguille; and I am awaiting his reply.

    The Hollow Needle; Further adventures of Arsene Lupin

  • Also spectacular are the towering "aiguille" (needle) peaks that are such a memorable feature of the Chamonix scenery.

    icCheshireOnline

  • Also une aiguille de glace = an icicle une aiguille de pin = a pine needle

    Words in a French Life

  • Squeezing my right eye shut, I began to thread the aiguille.

    Words in a French Life

  • Expressions de fil en aiguille = from thread to needle one thing leading to another

    Words in a French Life

  • Hear today's word: Download aiguille. wav (Special thanks to Jean-Marc!)

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Expressions: de fil en aiguille = "from thread to needle," one thing leading to another une petite/grande aiguille = hour/minute hand (of clock) discuter sur des pointes d'aiguilles = to split hairs passer par le trou d'une aiguille = to accomplish something difficult faire passer quelqu'un par le trou d'une aiguille = to intimidate someone chercher une aiguille dans une botte de foin = to look for a needle in a haystack

    une aiguille - French Word-A-Day

  • My son, Max, who was recently in a school play ... une aiguille (ay-gwee) noun, feminine

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Also: une aiguille de glace = an icicle une aiguille de pin = a pine needle

    une aiguille - French Word-A-Day

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