edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
any long thin projection that is transient
"tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
use a knife on
"The victim was knifed to death"
A utensil or a tool designed for cutting, consisting of a flat piece of hard material, usually steel or other metal (the blade), usually sharpened on one edge, attached to a handle. The blade may be pointed for piercing.
A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.
Any blade-like part in a tool or a machine designed for cutting, such as the knives for a chipper.
To cut with a knife.
To use a knife to injure or kill by stabbing, slashing, or otherwise using the sharp edge of the knife as a weapon.
To cut through as if with a knife.
To betray, especially in the context of a political slate.
To positively ignore, especially in order to denigrate. compare cut
Origin: knif, from late cnif, from Old Norse knífr (compare Danish/Swedish kniv), from knībaz (compare Low German Knief, Knäip ‘penknife’), from ‘to pinch’ (compare Dutch knijpen, Low German kniepen, Old High German gniffen), from gneibʰ- (compare Lithuanian gnýbti, žnýbti ‘to pinch’, gnaibis ‘pinching’). Replaced Middle English sexe.
an instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses; as, table knife, drawing knife, putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc.
a sword or dagger
to prune with the knife
to cut or stab with a knife
Origin: [OE. knif, AS. cnf; akin to D. knijf, Icel. knfr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.]
A knife is a cutting tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Knife-like tools were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago, as evidenced by the Oldowan tools. Originally made of rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, knives have evolved in construction as technology has, with blades being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. Many cultures have their unique version of the knife. Due to its role as humankind's first tool, certain cultures have attached spiritual and religious significance to the knife. Most modern-day knives follow either a fixed-blade or a folding construction style, with blade patterns and styles as varied as their makers and countries of origin.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nīf, n. an instrument for cutting: a sword or dagger:—pl. Knives (nīvz).—v.t. to stab with a knife: (Amer.) to try to destroy a political candidate's chances by a treacherous attack.—ns. Knife′-and-fork′, a trencherman; Knife′-board, a board on which knives are cleaned: (coll.) the seat running along the top of an omnibus; Knife′-boy, a boy employed in cleaning knives; Knife′-edge (mech.), a sharp piece of steel like a knife's edge serving as the axis of a balance, &c.; Knife′-grind′er, one who grinds or sharpens knives; Knife′-mon′ey, a knife-shaped bronze currency formerly used in China; Knife′-rest, a glass or metal utensil on which to rest a carving-knife or fork; Knife′-tray, a tray for holding knives.—War to the knife, mortal combat. [A.S. cníf: Ger. kneif, knife, kneifen, to nip.]
A type of tool and product created and designed in various colors, blade type, materials, shapes, sizes and styles used for various purposes.
Knives are used mainly in kitchens to cut a variety of food.
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3678
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3130
Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Nouns Frequency: #1294
The numerical value of knife in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of knife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork
Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife.
There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
They (police) say, 'do you have a knife, where are you going?' They can go to hell. I used to work among Jews, now I'm afraid I'll get stabbed or attacked (by them).
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Translations for knife
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- mes, lemAfrikaans
- خنجر, سكين, مدية, نصل, شفرةArabic
- bıçaq, kəsməkAzerbaijani
- ছুরি, চাকুBengali
- ཀ་ཀྲ་ལTibetan Standard
- coltell, ganivet, punyal, daga, acoltellar, apunyalarCatalan, Valencian
- ножьOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- kniv, skære, stikkeDanish
- μαχαίρι, μαχαιρώνω, λεπίδαGreek
- cuchillo, puñal, acuchillarSpanish
- labana, aiztoBasque
- کارد, چاقو, خنجر, تیغPersian
- terä, veitsi, puukko, leikata, puukottaaFinnish
- couteau, frapper d'un coup de couteauFrench
- mesWestern Frisian
- sgianScottish Gaelic
- coitelo, acoitelarGalician
- छुरी, चाक़ूHindi
- lama, accoltellare, coltelloItalian
- ᓴᕕᒃ, savikInuktitut
- ナイフ, 短剣, 小刀, 刀Japanese
- savikKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ಕತ್ತಿ, ಚಾಕುKannada
- 나이프, 칼Korean
- MesserLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- нож, сече, режеMacedonian
- mes, lemmetDutch
- knivNorwegian Nynorsk
- bééshNavajo, Navaho
- mookomaanOjibwe, Ojibwa
- кардOssetian, Ossetic
- ਚਾਕੂPanjabi, Punjabi
- چاقوPashto, Pushto
- faca, [[cortar]] [[com]] ([[uma]]) [[faca]], esfaquearPortuguese
- cuțit, a da o lovitură de cuțitRomanian
- нож, финка, тесак, порезать, заколоть, перо, резать, лезвие, прирезать, зарезатьRussian
- nož, ножSerbo-Croatian
- දණහිසSinhala, Sinhalese
- thipaSouthern Sotho
- kniv, skära, dolk, huggaSwedish
- kisu, makali ya kisuSwahili
- чоқу, кордTajik
- kampit, kutsilyoTagalog
- پىچاقUyghur, Uighur
- лезо, ніжUkrainian
- چھری, چاقوUrdu
- dao, con dao, 刀Vietnamese
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