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knives

[ nahyvz ]
/ naɪvz /
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noun

plural of knife.

RELATED WORDS

bayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo, stiletto

Nearby words

knitted, knitter, knitting, knitting needle, knitwear, knives, knob, knob latch, knob lock, knobble, knobbler

Definition for knives (2 of 2)

knife

[ nahyf ]
/ naɪf /

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.

Origin of knife

before 1100; Middle English knif, Old English cnīf; cognate with Dutch knijf, German Kneif, Old Norse knīfr
Related formsknife·like, adjectiveknif·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for knives (1 of 2)

knives

/ (naɪvz) /

noun

the plural of knife

British Dictionary definitions for knives (2 of 2)

knife

/ (naɪf) /

noun plural knives (naɪvz)

verb (tr)

to cut, stab, or kill with a knife
to betray, injure, or depose in an underhand way
Derived Formsknifelike, adjectiveknifer, noun

Word Origin for knife

Old English cnīf; related to Old Norse knīfr, Middle Low German knīf
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Idioms and Phrases with knives

knife


see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.

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