Knife

  • 1 Knife — (n[imac]f), n.; pl. {Knives} (n[imac]vz). [OE. knif, AS. cn[=i]f; akin to D. knijf, Icel. kn[=i]fr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.] 1. An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 knife — ► NOUN (pl. knives) 1) a cutting instrument consisting of a blade fixed into a handle. 2) a cutting blade on a machine. ► VERB 1) stab with a knife. 2) cut like a knife. ● at knifepoint …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 Knife — Knife, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knifed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knifing}.] 1. (Hort.) To prune with the knife. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut or stab with a knife. [Low] [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: To stab in the back; to try to defeat by underhand means, esp. in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 knife — knife; knife·ful; knife·less; knife·man; …

    English syllables

  • 5 knife — [nīf] n. pl. knives [ME knif < OE cnif, akin to Ger kneif, ON knīfr < IE * gneibh (> Lith gnaibis, a pinching): for base see KNEAD] 1. a cutting or stabbing instrument with a sharp blade, single edged or double edged, set in a handle 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 knife — [n] cutting tool bayonet, blade, bolo, cutlass, cutter, cutting edge, dagger, edge, lance, lancet, machete, point, ripper, sabre, scalpel, scimitar, scythe, shank, shiv, sickle, skewer, skiver, steel, stiletto, switchblade, sword, tickler;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 knife — index lancinate, pierce (lance) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 knife — The plural form of the noun is knives, but the inflected forms of the verb are knifes, knifed, knifing …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 Knife — A knife is a handheld sharp edged instrument consisting of handle attached to a blade used for cutting. The knife is a tool that can be used as a weapon. Its origins date as far back as two and a half million years ago, as evidenced by the… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 knife — noun 1 tool for cutting ADJECTIVE ▪ blunt, dull (esp. AmE) ▪ sharp ▪ serrated ▪ long ▪ small …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 knife — [[t]na͟ɪf[/t]] ♦♦♦ knives, knifes, knifing, knifed (knives is the plural form of the noun and knifes is the third person singular of the present tense of the verb.) 1) N COUNT A knife is a tool for cutting or a weapon and consists of a flat piece …

    English dictionary

  • 12 knife — knife1 [ naıf ] (plural knives [ naıvz ] ) noun count *** an object with a sharp blade for cutting food: You need a sharp knife for the steak. knives and forks a kitchen/bread/carving knife a. an object with a blade, used as a weapon or tool: He… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 knife — n. instrument for cutting 1) to plunge a knife into smb. 2) to pull a knife (on smb.) 3) to stab smb. with a knife 4) to sharpen a knife 5) a dull; sharp knife 6) a bowie; boy scout; bread; butcher (esp. AE). butcher s (esp. BE); clasp; electric; …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 knife — n. & v. n. (pl. knives) 1 a a metal blade used as a cutting tool with usu. one long sharp edge fixed rigidly in a handle or hinged (cf. PENKNIFE). b a similar tool used as a weapon. 2 a cutting blade forming part of a machine. 3 (as the knife) a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 knife — I UK [naɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms knife : singular knife plural knives UK [naɪvz] / US *** an object with a sharp blade for cutting food You need a sharp knife for the steak. knives and forks a kitchen/bread/carving knife a) an object… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 knife — knife1 W3S3 [naıf] n plural knives [naıvz] ↑flipper, ↑knife, ↑tank, ↑wetsuit [: Old English; Origin: cnif] 1.) a metal blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon →↑scalpel ▪ a knife and fork …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 knife — 1 noun plural knives, (C) 1 a metal blade fixed into a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon: knife and fork | He had been stabbed with a knife. | kitchen/bread/vegetable etc knife (=knife used in the kitchen, for cutting bread etc) 2 the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 knife — /naɪf / (say nuyf) noun (plural knives /naɪvz/ (say nuyvz)) 1. a cutting instrument consisting essentially of a thin blade (usually of steel and with a sharp edge) attached to a handle. 2. a knife like weapon; a dagger; a short sword. 3. any… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 knife — I. noun (plural knives) Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English knif, from Old English cnīf, perhaps from Old Norse knīfr; akin to Middle Low German knīf knife Date: before 12th century 1. a. a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 knife — noun (plural knives) a cutting instrument consisting of a blade fixed into a handle. ↘a cutting blade on a machine. verb 1》 stab with a knife. 2》 cut like a knife. Phrases before you can say knife informal very quickly. get (or stick) the knife… …

    English new terms dictionary