knife definition

  • noun:
    • A cutting tool comprising a-sharp blade attached to a handle.
    • A cutting advantage; a blade.
    • A utensil or something designed for cutting, consisting of a set little bit of tough material, usually metal or any other steel (the knife), generally sharpened on a single edge, attached with a handle. The knife might pointed for piercing.
    • A weapon designed with these specs designed for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.
    • Any blade-like part in an instrument or a device made for cutting, like the knives for a chipper.
    • An instrument consisting of a thin blade, generally of steel and achieving a-sharp advantage for cutting, fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses.
    • A sword or dagger.
    • A cutting-instrument consisting of a comparatively quick knife and a handle, adjusted for easy usage with the hand.
    • In a wider sense, any tiny cutting-tool, or any part of an instrument or device having a-sharp edge for cutting or scraping: as, the knives of a mowing-machine, printing-press, meat-chopper, straw-cutter, etc.
    • A sword or cutlas; a lengthy cutting-weapon.
    • A saddlers' cutting-tool with a-sharp convex advantage.
    • edge-tool used as a cutting instrument; features a pointed blade with a-sharp edge and a handle
    • any lengthy thin projection which transient
    • a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
  • verb-transitive:
    • to utilize a knife on, specially to stab; injury with a knife.
    • Informal To betray or attempt to defeat by underhand means.
    • To prune because of the blade.
    • To reduce or stab with a knife.
    • Fig.: To stab inside back; to try and conquer by underhand means, esp. in politics; to vote or work privately against (an applicant of your respective very own celebration).
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To reduce or cut an easy method through one thing with or like with a knife: The boat knifed through the waves.
  • idiom:
    • under the blade Informal experiencing surgery.
  • verb:
    • To reduce with a knife.
    • To use a knife to injure or eliminate by stabbing, slashing, or perhaps using the razor-sharp side 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 favorably disregard, especially in order to denigrate. compare slice
    • use a knife on
  • others:
    • To stab or destroy with a knife.
    • To try to conquer in a secret or underhand way in an election, as a candidate of one's very own party. [governmental slang, U.S.]

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