Definition of Knife

1. Noun. Edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle.




2. Verb. Use a knife on. "They want to knife the prisoners "; "The victim was knifed to death"
Exact synonyms: Stab
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Specialized synonyms: Poniard, Bayonet
Derivative terms: Stab, Stabber

3. Noun. A weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point.
Specialized synonyms: Bayonet, Dagger, Sticker, Khukuri, Machete, Matchet, Panga, Shiv, Trench Knife, Yataghan
Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System
Terms within: Peak, Point, Tip

4. Noun. Any long thin projection that is transient. "Rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
Exact synonyms: Tongue
Generic synonyms: Projection

Definition of Knife

1. 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; as, table knife, drawing knife, putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc..

2. v. t. To prune with the knife.

3. v. t. 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).

Definition of Knife

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger. ¹

3. Noun. Any blade-like part in a tool or a machine designed for cutting, such as the '''knives''' for a chipper. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To cut with a '''knife'''. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To use a '''knife''' to injure or kill by stabbing, slashing, or otherwise using the sharp edge of the '''knife''' as a weapon. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To cut through as if with a '''knife'''. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To betray, especially in the context of a political slate. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To positively ignore, especially in order to denigrate. compare cut ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knife

1. a sharp-edged instrument used for cutting [n KNIVES] / to cut with a knife [v KNIFED, KNIFING, KNIFES]

Medical Definition of Knife

1. Origin: OE. Knif, AS. Cnif; akin to D. Knijf, Icel. Knifr, Sw. Knif, Dan. Kniv. 1. 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; as, table knife, drawing knife, putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc. /as>. 2. A sword or dagger. "The coward conquest of a wretch's knife. " (Shak) Knife grass a tropical American sedge (Scleria latifolia), having leaves with a very sharp and hard edge, like a knife. War to the knife, mortal combat; a conflict carried to the last extremity. 1. To prune with the knife. 2. To cut or stab with a knife. Origin: Knifed; Knifing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knife

knick points
knicker
knickerbocker
knickerbocker glories
knickerbocker glory
knickerbockers
knickered
knickerless
knickerlessness
knickers
knickknack
knickknackatory
knickknackery
knickknacks
knicks
knife (current term)
knife-edge
knife-handle
knife-rest crystal
knife and fork
knife blade
knife edge
knife fight
knife needle
knife pleat
knife rest
knife roll
knife switch
knife thrust
knifeboard

Literary usage of Knife

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"The essential parts of a knife are its blades and its handle (known as a Ла/í) ... With the discovery of bronze (Bronze Age), knife blades were among the ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1872)
"This is a great desideratum in a knife for this purpose, as it renders it much ... The scraper is not a knife-edge, but is ground flat, like a skate-runner. ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"Near his left hand was found a medium size unopened pocket knife. It may be stated here that there is some contention in the evidence as to whether this ..."

4. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... that brought them one of their hatchets, an old key, a knife, and fix or feven of their bullets, which, though they did not ..."

5. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York by Jacob August Riis (1890)
"Nevertheless the man and his knife had a mission. They spoke in their ignorant, impatient way the warning one of the most conservative, dispassionate of ..."

6. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"Weary knife-grinder! little think the proud ones Who in their coaches roll along the turnpike Road ... Tell me, knife-grinder, how you came to grind knives? ..."

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