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palette knife

noun, Painting.
a thin blade of varying flexibility set in a handle and used for mixing colors or applying them to a canvas.
Origin of palette knife
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Do not have the sand wet and water soaked, for it will not yield so readily to the palette knife.

  • For instance, with a palette knife it is possible to coax refractory substances from the corners and edges of pans.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • Should he lay it on with a palette knife, as he sometimes does, it is painting still.

  • The palette knife is much better for freeing or lifting forms from a flat surface than a spatula or a case knife.

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • But the colour, although laid on with science, is certainly applied with a palette knife.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • Only during our war,—until I was compelled to handle nothing larger than a palette knife.

  • A corset steel makes a good substitute for a palette knife because of its flexibility.

  • The use of the palette knife renders these strokes as smooth as marble, the shadows have disappeared.

    Artists Past and Present Elisabeth Luther Cary
  • Garstin had said of him in a puffing breath one day when the palette knife had been angrily used once more.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • After washing it is removed from the mortar to a small saucer by the use of a palette knife.

    Copper Work Augustus F. Rose
British Dictionary definitions for palette knife

palette knife

a round-ended spatula with a thin flexible blade used esp by artists for mixing, applying, and scraping off paint, esp oil paint
a knife with a round-ended flexible blade used in cookery for scraping out a mixture from a bowl, spreading icing, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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