Definitions for knifenaɪf; naɪvz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

knifenaɪf; naɪvz(n.; v.)(pl.)knives; knifed, knif•ing.

  1. (n.)an instrument for cutting, consisting of a sharp-edged metal blade fitted with a handle.

  2. a knifelike weapon; dagger or short sword.

  3. any blade for cutting, as in a tool or machine.

  4. (v.t.)to apply a knife to; cut, stab, etc., with a knife.

  5. to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way.

  6. (v.i.)to move or cleave through something with or as if with a knife:

    The ship knifed through the sea.

Idioms for knife:

  1. under the knife,undergoing surgery.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of knife:

bef. 1100; ME knif, OE cnīf, or < ON knīfr, c. OFris, MLG knīf

knif′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knife(noun)

    edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle

  2. knife(noun)

    a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point

  3. tongue, knife(verb)

    any long thin projection that is transient

    "tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"

  4. knife, stab(verb)

    use a knife on

    "The victim was knifed to death"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. knife(noun)ɪf

    a tool for cutting, with a sharp blade and handle

    knives, forks and spoons; arrested for carrying a knife

Wiktionary

  1. knife(Noun)

    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.

  2. knife(Noun)

    A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.

  3. knife(Noun)

    Any blade-like part in a tool or a machine designed for cutting, such as the knives for a chipper.

  4. knife(Verb)

    To cut with a knife.

  5. knife(Verb)

    To use a knife to injure or kill by stabbing, slashing, or otherwise using the sharp edge of the knife as a weapon.

  6. knife(Verb)

    To cut through as if with a knife.

  7. knife(Verb)

    To betray, especially in the context of a political slate.

  8. knife(Verb)

    To positively ignore, especially in order to denigrate. compare cut

  9. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knife(noun)

    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.

  2. Knife(noun)

    a sword or dagger

  3. Knife(verb)

    to prune with the knife

  4. Knife(verb)

    to cut or stab with a knife

Freebase

  1. Knife

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3678

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3130

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knife' in Nouns Frequency: #1294


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

knife(noun)

an instrument for cutting

He carved the meat with a large knife.

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