noun, plural knives [nahyvz] /naɪvz/.
verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.
verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.
- kniest syndrome,
- knife box,
- knife edge,
- knife grinder,
- knife pleat,
- knife rest
Origin of knife
Examples from the Web for knife
I took out my knife, my Ka-Bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But in the next instant, Peters is stepping back to the table and snatching up the knife.
“Stand the f--- away from the knife right now, man,” the cop says.
The cop then says, “Put the knife on the table right there.”
The cop reholsters his gun, and it seems to have ended with no further bloodshed as he moves to retrieve the knife.
The trunk or branch is cut off; two cions are inserted in a cleft made with a knife.The Apple-Tree|L. H. Bailey
I drew my knife, and then everything got dark, and the next thing I knew I was in the police-station.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train
Another form of knife suitable for paring the edges of leather is shown at fig. 60, B.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books|Douglas Cockerell
The knife was uplifted as the mate felt the grip of the man upon his collar, but the blow was not struck.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
The knife missed the lung by half a centimeter,—cursed be the devil!The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin|Emilia Pardo Bazn
noun plural knives (naɪvz)
Word Origin for knife
late Old English cnif, probably from Old Norse knifr, from Proto-Germanic *knibaz (cf. Middle Low German knif, Middle Dutch cnijf, German kneif), of uncertain origin. To further confuse the etymology, there also are forms in -p-, e.g. Dutch knijp, German kneip. French canif "penknife" (mid-15c.) is borrowed from Middle English or Norse.
1865, from knife (n.). Related: Knifed; knifing.
see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.