Definition of Paper knife

1. Noun. Dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books.

Exact synonyms: Letter Opener, Paperknife
Generic synonyms: Knife

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paper Knife

paper clips
paper cup
paper currency
paper cut
paper cuts
paper cutter
paper doll
paper electrophoresis
paper fastener
paper feed
paper fight
paper flower
paper gold
paper hat
paper jam
paper knife (current term)
paper loss
paper mache
paper mill
paper mill worker's disease
paper mills
paper money
paper mulberry
paper nautilus
paper over
paper plane
paper planes
paper plant
paper plate
paper profit

Literary usage of Paper knife

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

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1877)
"The handle of this in- strument is a paper-knife, very handy to remove drawings that have been glued to the drawing-board. Nickel-plated, 25 cents ; German ..."

2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1884)
"A very important tool is a flexible ivory or horn paper-knife; or, better still, and indeed far better, a peculiar paper-knife made of india rubber, ..."

3. American Druggist (1885)
"In some cases, this procedure will be necessary with each single capsule, but the force with which the paper knife is used should not be so great as to ..."

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