knife


knife
knifelike, adj.knifer, n.
/nuyf/, n., pl. knives /nuyvz/, v., knifed, knifing.
n.
1. an instrument for cutting, consisting essentially of a thin, sharp-edged, metal blade fitted with a handle.
2. a knifelike weapon; dagger or short sword.
3. any blade for cutting, as in a tool or machine.
4. under the knife, in surgery; undergoing a medical operation: The patient was under the knife for four hours.
v.t.
5. to apply a knife to; cut, stab, etc., with a knife.
6. to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way.
v.i.
7. to move or cleave through something with or as if with a knife: The ship knifed through the heavy seas.
[bef. 1100; ME knif, OE cnif; c. D knijf, G Kneif, ON knifr]

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      tool or implement for cutting. Knives form the largest class of cutting implements known collectively as cutlery (q.v.).

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Universalium. 2010.

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