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noun, plural knives [nahyvz]. /naɪvz/.
an instrument for cutting, consisting essentially of a thin, sharp-edged, metal blade fitted with a handle.
a knifelike weapon; dagger or short sword.
any blade for cutting, as in a tool or machine.
verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.
to apply a knife to; cut, stab, etc., with a knife.
to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way.
verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.
to move or cleave through something with or as if with a knife: The ship knifed through the heavy seas.
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Idioms about knife
under the knife, in surgery; undergoing a medical operation: The patient was under the knife for four hours.
Origin of knife
before 1100; Middle English knif,Old English cnīf; cognate with Dutch knijf,German Kneif,Old Norse knīfr
OTHER WORDS FROM knifeknifelike, adjectiveknifer, noun
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How to use knife in a sentence
Instead, he slowly jack-knifes from the hips until his shoelaces are level with his face.The Petraeus Workout|Christopher McDougall|June 25, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Many of them, she said, were carrying stones and knifes in their handbags and backpacks, and weren't the least bit afraid.Neda: Cautionary Tale or Inspiration?|Azadeh Moaveni|June 23, 2009|DAILY BEAST
I see 'ow it was; Duran knifes the man, steals the kid, and 'as me to run; and 'ee stays be'ind to 'elp put the blyme on me.The Voodoo Gold Trail|Walter Walden
Now Ive got to shut down one lathe till the other knifes ground down.Sudden Jim|Clarence Budington Kelland
He is always as good as his word, and his promises are engraved with the knifes point.
Give us some plates, any knifes, and some forks, rinse the glasses.Seeing and Hearing|George W. E. Russell
Sharp knifes are therefore indispensable in this kind of work.The Progress of the Marbling Art|Josef Halfer
British Dictionary definitions for knife
/ (naɪf) /
noun plural knives (naɪvz)
a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp-edged often pointed blade of metal fitted into a handle or onto a machine
a similar instrument used as a weapon
have one's knife in someone to have a grudge against or victimize someone
twist the knife to make a bad situation worse in a deliberately malicious way
the knives are out for someone British people are determined to harm or put a stop to someonethe knives are out for Stevens
under the knife undergoing a surgical operation
to cut, stab, or kill with a knife
to betray, injure, or depose in an underhand way
Derived forms of knifeknifelike, adjectiveknifer, noun
Word Origin for knife
Old English cnīf; related to Old Norse knīfr, Middle Low German knīf
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Other Idioms and Phrases with knife
see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.
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