from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A knife for cutting bread.


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  • So the youth went up to the kitchen, and began to sharpen the largest bread-knife that he could find; then he caught hold of the third loaf on the left-hand side, and put the knife to it as if he meant to cut it straight in two.

    The Red Fairy Book

  • She took the bread-knife, and picked and bored at the mortar of a stone, and when she was tired, the waiting-maid took her turn.

    Household Tales

  • Peace could endure the suspense no longer, and one warm afternoon, while her sisters were occupied with their various duties, she snatched the sharp bread-knife from the pantry shelf, and with Allee in tow, stole down to her garden plot.

    At the Little Brown House

  • This it is to keep house with a bread-knife and tumbler, a gridiron and an individual salt.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • He seized the chance of directing Jessie's attention to Master Jim Sartin, who was brandishing the bread-knife, and plunged hastily into a description of the doings of Charlotte and Max.Mrs. Sartin accepted the diversion, but kept an anxious eye on Sam, who ate hard and seemed to recover some of his ordinary composure with each mouthful, much to

    Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker

  • "Cecilia," I said, rising, "if you don't control this reptile that you have married, if you don't force him to hold his peace, if you allow him to read one word, I'll throw the bread-knife at him and ... and pour my coffee all over the tablecloth."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-01-21

  • To begin housekeeping proper, one will need at least a bread-knife and tumbler, a gridiron and individual salt, -- cost eighty-four cents.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • "Get ready for boarders, fellows!" remarked Step Hen, who had reached in and secured the long bread-knife, which would make a most formidable weapon, if only he had the nerve to wield the same.

    The Boy Scouts on Sturgeon Island or Marooned Among the Game-fish Poachers

  • Ellis, the petty officer, used the bread-knife, and broke it, and papa bawled at him.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • She had left the bread-knife sticking in midloaf and sat looking at him in silence.

    The Judge


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