from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade attached to a handle.
- n. A cutting edge; a blade.
- transitive v. To use a knife on, especially to stab; wound with a knife.
- transitive v. Informal To betray or attempt to defeat by underhand means.
- intransitive v. To cut or slash a way through something with or as if with a knife: The boat knifed through the waves.
- idiom under the knife Informal Undergoing surgery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A utensil or a tool designed for cutting, consisting of a flat piece of hard material, usually steel or other metal (the blade), usually sharpened on one edge, attached to a handle. The blade may be pointed for piercing.
- n. A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.
- n. Any blade-like part in a tool or a machine designed for cutting, such as the knives for a chipper.
- v. To cut with a knife.
- v. To use a knife to injure or kill by stabbing, slashing, or otherwise using the sharp edge of the knife as a weapon.
- v. To cut through as if with a knife.
- v. To betray, especially in the context of a political slate.
- v. To positively ignore, especially in order to denigrate. compare cut
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses.
- n. A sword or dagger.
- transitive v. To prune with the knife.
- transitive v. To cut or stab with a knife.
- transitive v. Fig.: To stab in the back; to try to defeat by underhand means, esp. in politics; to vote or work secretly against (a candidate of one's own party).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting-instrument consisting of a comparatively short blade and a handle, adapted for easy use with the hand.
- n. In a wider sense, any small cutting-tool, or any part of a tool or machine having a sharp edge for cutting or scraping: as, the knives of a mowing-machine, printing-press, meat-chopper, straw-cutter, etc.
- n. A sword or cutlas; a long cutting-weapon.
- n. A saddlers' cutting-tool with a sharp convex edge.
- To stab or kill with a knife.
- To endeavor to defeat in a secret or underhand way in an election, as a candidate of one's own party. [Political slang, U.S.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
- n. any long thin projection that is transient
- n. a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
- v. use a knife on
Somebody comes forward, examines, and then draws from out the grave, where it has lain, directly under the body, a knife -- a knife of peculiar shape and workmanship -- a long, keen, _surgeon's knife_!
A man with a knife is approaching a woman with her baby.
If you don't have a gun, then a knife is the best survival tool.
For general purposes, a knife is a knife is a knife. hmphargh
A sharp knife is key, but for all this said, unless you have a true appreciation for materials, need a survival knife, need resistance to salt water, or need a knife that will cut long before sharpening, it is hard to go wrong when you buy a good brand name knife and diamond sharpening stones.
Also – the knife is a pocketknife with a folding blade.
Rifles get banged and grimey but my knife is always the first thing that gets cleaned when I get home from the woods.
TAYLOR: I had just completed a game of what they called knife or life.
They insisted upon Mavis joining them at what they called a knife and fork tea, to which Mr Napper and two friends of the family had been invited.
"And yet you wonder that he has got what you call his knife into you!"