paperknife
paperknife \pa"per*knife`\ (p[=a]"p[~e]r*n[imac]f`), n. A dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books.

Syn: letter opener. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • paperknife — ► NOUN ▪ a blunt knife used for opening envelopes …   English terms dictionary

  • paperknife — pa·per·knife (pāʹpər nīf ) n. A thin dull knife used for opening sealed envelopes, slitting uncut pages of books, and creasing paper. * * * …   Universalium

  • paperknife — noun a knife for cutting paper or opening envelopes …   Wiktionary

  • paperknife — n. letter opener, knife with a thin dull blade designed to open envelopes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • paperknife — noun (plural paperknives) a blunt knife used for opening envelopes …   English new terms dictionary

  • paperknife — /ˈpeɪpənaɪf/ (say paypuhnuyf) noun a knife like instrument with a blade of metal, ivory, wood, or the like, for cutting open the leaves of books, folded papers, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • paperknife — noun dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books • Syn: ↑letter opener, ↑paper knife • Hypernyms: ↑knife …   Useful english dictionary

  • letter opener — noun dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books • Syn: ↑paper knife, ↑paperknife • Hypernyms: ↑knife * * * letter opener UK US noun [countable] [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Betula papyracea — Paper Pa per (p[=a] p[ e]r), n. [F. papier, fr. L. papyrus papyrus, from which the Egyptians made a kind of paper, Gr. pa pyros. Cf. {Papyrus}.] 1. A substance in the form of thin sheets or leaves intended to be written or printed on, or to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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