Bowie knife

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Bowie knife a stout hunting knife with a single edge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Bowie knife was forged at Washington, Arkansas.
    • Bowie knife A knife with a strong blade from ten to fifteen inches long, and double-edged near the point; -- used as a hunting knife, and formerly as a weapon in the southwestern part of the United States. It was named from its inventor, Colonel James Bowie . Also, by extension, any large sheath knife.
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.”

Usage

In literature:

He lost; and, drawing his bowie-knife, in the heat of despair, rushed at the president of the table.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
But at the head of the gulch, on one of the largest pine-trees, they found the deuce of clubs pinned to the bark with a bowie-knife.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
The guide was using his bowie knife, which was already stained with blood to the hilt.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
He was stabbed three times with a bowie-knife, but not fatally.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The bowie-knife is the only indispensable tool.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
The Southern people use a long curved knife, called a bowie, after its inventor.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
It is the blade of a bowie-knife.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Kirby reached out, selecting Hatch's bowie knife from the cache of captured weapons.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Out came the everlasting bowie-knife, and out came mine, as usual.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
Dick had a bowie-knife.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
In one hand he grasped a pistol, and in the other a bowie knife of the largest and most formidable kind.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
Lieutenant Andersen, his open face drawn worriedly, tendered Joe his Bowie knife.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The two, Jim and Rezin, were famous for their bowie-knife, as well as for their bold fighting qualities.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
He broke his bowie-knife prying the lid off a cracker-box.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
He brandisheth a bowie-knife but yieldeth to six solid arguments.
"Village Life in America 1852-1872" by Caroline Cowles Richards
He ostentatiously called attention to the fact that he retained nothing but his heavy bowie-knife.
"The Red Mustang" by William O. Stoddard
To the left of his belt hangs a bowie-knife, to the right a revolver.
"A Lady's Captivity among Chinese Pirates in the Chinese Seas" by Fanny Loviot
After we had sat some time I was informed that Mr. Dana missed his bowie-knife pistol, which he had for a moment laid down on a chest.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various
The idea of descending from the tree, and fighting the bear with my bowie-knife, was too absurd to be entertained for a moment.
"Lost Lenore" by Charles Beach
He had no weapon but a bowie knife, which fortunately had kept its place in his belt.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

He went for his 'leven-inch bowie-knife:--
"I tries to foller a Christian life;
But I'll drap a slice of liver or two,
My bloomin' shrub, with you."
"The Mystery Of Gilgal" by John Hay

In news:

Bowie Knife and Antique Show leads off a packed weekend.
The bowie knife lives as a symbol of passionate times, when men were bold and brave and easily offended.
Bowie Knife and Antique Show leads off a packed weekend.
Making a large Bowie style knife for a local Veteran fund raiser, The 1st Annual Poker Run.
MORGAN ­— A frustrated convicted felon is accused of stabbing his motor home battery with a 10-inch Bowie knife, choking a fellow camper and using the knife to threaten and chase a 4-year-old boy.
Knife rights activists say the Second Amendment protects your right to wield anything from a bowie knife to a cutlass.
If you like such heaping helpings in a knife, you're going to love Grayman's new Mega-Pounder Bowie.
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