What does knife mean?

Definitions for knife
naɪf; naɪvzknife

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. knif, AS. cnf; akin to D. knijf, Icel. knfr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knife

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. knife

    An old name for a dagger: thus Lady Macbeth-- "That my keen knife see not the wound it makes."

Editors Contribution

  1. knife

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2017  

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knife in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of knife in a Sentence

  1. Venus Iraheta:

    I left the knife in her neck.

  2. Hilary J. Bader, Ferengi Rule of Aquisition #48, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Episode 26, "Rules of Aquisition":

    The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.

  3. Proverb:

    The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.

  4. Stanislaw Lec:

    Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork

  5. English Proverb:

    Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.

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