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knife

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noun, often attributive \ ˈnīf \

Definition of knife

plural knives play \ˈnīvz\
1 a :a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle
b :a weapon or tool resembling a knife
2 :a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine
3 :surgery 4 usually used in the phrase under the knife

knifelike

play \ˈnīf-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of knife in a Sentence

  1. Each dinner guest gets two forks, a knife, and a spoon.

  2. He pulled a knife on me and threatened to stab me with it.

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Origin and Etymology of knife

Middle English knif, from Old English cnīf, perhaps from Old Norse knīfr; akin to Middle Low German knīf knife

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knife

verb

Definition of knife

knifed; knifing
transitive verb
1 :to use a knife on; specifically :to stab, slash, or wound with a knife
2 :to cut, mark, or spread with a knife
3 :to try to defeat by underhanded means
4 :to move like a knife in
  • birds knifing the autumn sky
intransitive verb
:to cut a way with or as if with a knife blade
  • the cruiser knifed through the heavy seas

Examples of knife in a Sentence

  1. He died after being knifed in the chest.

  2. ships knifing through the waves

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First Known Use of knife

1865



KNIFE Defined for English Language Learners

knife

play
noun

Definition of knife for English Language Learners

  • : a usually sharp blade attached to a handle that is used for cutting or as a weapon


knife

verb

Definition of knife for English Language Learners

  • : to injure (someone) with a knife

  • : to move easily and quickly like a knife cutting through something


KNIFE Defined for Kids

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knife

play
noun \ ˈnīf \

Definition of knife for Students

plural knives \ˈnīvz\
1 :a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle
2 :a cutting blade in a machine

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knife

verb

Definition of knife for Students

knifes; knifed; knifing
:to stab, slash, or wound with a knife

Medical Dictionary

knife

play
noun \ ˈnīf \

medical Definition of knife

plural knives play \ˈnīvz\
1 :any of various instruments used in surgery primarily to sever tissues: as
a :a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade attached to a handle
b :an instrument that cuts by means of an electric current
2 :surgery 3 usually used in the phrase under the knife
  • went under the knife yesterday
  • was afraid of the knife


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