knife

Definitions

  • Sloyd Knife
    Sloyd Knife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v knife use a knife on "The victim was knifed to death"
    • n knife edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
    • n knife a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
    • n knife any long thin projection that is transient "tongues of flame licked at the walls","rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scribing with Knife by Try-Square Scribing with Knife by Try-Square
A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle fragments, spout, colander fragments, and pot hooks A few kitchen utensils and accessories excavated at Jamestown: a ladle, brass pan, knife blades, fork, kettle...
Palette Knife Palette Knife
DANIEL LOVEJOY AND SON'S MACHINE KNIFE WORKS DANIEL LOVEJOY AND SON'S MACHINE KNIFE WORKS
Taking out the welt with a knife Taking out the welt with a knife
She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189 She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189
Knife-sharpener Knife-sharpener

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beaver teeth are so sharp that Native Americans once used them as knife blades.
    • Knife A sword or dagger. "The coward conquest of a wretch's knife ."
    • Knife An instrument consisting of a thin blade, usually of steel and having a sharp edge for cutting, fastened to a handle, but of many different forms and names for different uses; as, table knife, drawing knife, putty knife, pallet knife, pocketknife, penknife, chopping knife, etc..
    • Knife Fig.: To stab in the back; to try to defeat by underhand means, esp. in politics; to vote or work secretly against (a candidate of one's own party).
    • Knife To cut or stab with a knife.
    • Knife (Hort) To prune with the knife.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Running cold water over the onion and the knife will keep you from crying when you cut it, because water neutralizes the chemical that makes you cry.
    • n knife A cutting-instrument consisting of a comparatively short blade and a handle, adapted for easy use with the hand. Knives are made in a great variety of shapes, often with several blades which fold into the handle, and for many uses : as, a claspknife, penknife, pocket-knife, bread-knife, fruit-knife, grafting-knife, oyster-knife, splitting-Knife. Many forms of knives are described under their special names in the present work. See also phrases below.
    • n knife In a wider sense, any small cutting-tool, or any part of a tool or machine having a sharp edge for cutting or scraping: as, the knives of a mowing-machine, printing-press, meat-chopper, straw-cutter, etc.
    • n knife A sword or cutlas; a long cutting-weapon.
    • n knife A saddlers' cutting-tool with a sharp convex edge.
    • knife To stab or kill with a knife.
    • knife To endeavor to defeat in a secret or underhand way in an election, as a candidate of one's own party. [Political slang, U.S.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: WWI flying ace Jean Navarre attacked a zeppelin armed with only a kitchen knife.
    • n Knife nīf an instrument for cutting: a sword or dagger
    • v.t Knife to stab with a knife:
    • v.t Knife (Amer.) to try to destroy a political candidate's chances by a treacherous attack
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Quotations

  • Charles Buxton
    Charles Buxton
    “The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “Surgeons must be very careful. When they take the knife!, underneath their fine incisions, stirs the Culprit -- Life!”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Put a knife to thy throat, if you're a man given to appetite.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Don't dig your grave with your knife and fork.”
  • 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.”

Idioms

Before you can say knife - (UK) If something happens before you can say knife, it happens very quickly.
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Bring a knife to a gunfight - If someone brings a knife to a gunfight, they are very badly prepared for something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. knif, AS. cnīf,; akin to D. knijf, Icel. knīfr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv,

Usage

In literature:

White Lightning cut the thongs with one sweep of his knife, and Henry's arms fell free.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The knife-dagger used in the Levant.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Taking up the knife again, carefully work with it down toward the tail, and as far round the back as you can get with safety.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
They dug his grave close by the lodge, and brought his bow, pipe, and knife to bury with him.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
Spurling took out his knife and deliberately slithered a long, splintery shaving off the fence-top.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It was not for some time that he bethought himself of a knife that he had in his pocket.
"A Cousin's Conspiracy" by Horatio Alger
The one knife always does for everything.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
I had just begun to go to school, under Yossel Dardaki, and I already had a knife, that is, what was almost a knife.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Many of them, while carrying on their studies, had taken part in the courtings, using knife and pistol.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
The knife had sunken deep, and Constans had to exert all his strength to withdraw it.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
All were provided with a knife of one fashion or another.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Gregory took a step forward and shoved the knife away with his foot.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The knife struck the water with a sibilant splash.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
He was sharpening a knife, and could seem not to be observing.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
He sees our own Black Hawk meeting with Sharp Knife in Sharp Knife's house.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
His voice, as he spoke now, seemed edged like a knife.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
From the belt of her assailant she grasped a knife and lunged at his face as he held her.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Each Long Knife chief should shake hands with two Indians.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Rifle met rifle, tomahawk met tomahawk, knife met knife.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Not even a pocket-knife.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

We with strife of life
Worn till all life cease,
Want, a whetted knife,
Sharpening strife on strife,
How should we love peace?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The knife laid by, the market o'er,
Counted his shillings by the score;
By which he knew whether or not
His profits bore another pot.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
There is a mystic thread of life
So dearly wreath'd with mine alone,
That Destiny's relentless knife
At once must sever both, or none.
"Stanzas To Jessy" by Lord George Gordon Byron
And I pray for the knife on the string
Of this rosary painful of days:
But who is the Lady I sing?
Ah, how can I tell thee her praise!
"Love Platonic" by Richard Le Gallienne
`Seven of my sweet loves thy knife
Has bereavèd of their life.
Their marble tombs I built with tears,
And with cold and shuddering fears.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
Fortunio had a rustic knife,
With this their feeling task they plann'd,
And often in a friendly strife,
They claim'd it from each other's hand.
"The Stag" by William Hayley

In news:

Inside Waist Band / Neck Knife EDC.
This companion knife can be worn around the neck or in a pocket / inside the waist band (IWB).
The most explicit object is a copper alloy knife handle found in North Yorkshire and showing a man and woman having sex.
The Week's Best Robot Videos: A Knife-Wielding Bot Makes Salad.
Sharon Osbourne isn't the only star who has gone under the knife in the name of vanity and lived to regret it.
All Photos Tagged 'fob' BLADE magazine is the World's Number One Knife Publication.
The 21-year-old man's mother called police after he was "walking around out of his mind, armed with a knife.".
Oakland County Sheriff's deputies in Addison Township responded to a call that a woman's estranged husband had allegedly broke into her father's home and threatened her with a knife.
Commandos Field Test 'Plasma Knife.
Using a sharp knife, cut fillet crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices (for about 8 fillets ).
The traditional folding knife still has a huge following among those who like a simple working knife in their pocket.
He had pierced the gills with a knife.
All Photos Tagged ' fob ' BLADE magazine is the World's Number One Knife Publication.
Cabela's/Kershaw Tiger-Stripe Blur This Kershaw knife is sold exclusively through Cabela's.
New Products Issue 9 Coast Rapid Response Knife.
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In science:

Zernike, “Diffraction Theory of the Knife-Edge Test and its Improved Form, The Phase-Contrast Method”, Monthly Not.
Study of the Dynamics of Large Reflector Antennas with Accelerometers
Thus, the reason for the connection is that the merit function that describes the quality of those algorithms is typically reconstruction error with respect to the spectral or Frobenius norm. 19The SVD has been described as the “Swiss Army Knife” of NLA [117].
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
The vortex beam is prepared using holographic aperture in the condenser plane and then partly blocked with a knife-edge aperture.
Observation of the Larmor and Gouy Rotations with Electron Vortex Beams
The position of the knife edge is kept fixed, whereas the beam waist position is varied (using the condenser lens) with respect to the front focal plane of the imaging system that magnifies the image and pro jects it onto the CCD camera.
Observation of the Larmor and Gouy Rotations with Electron Vortex Beams
The receiving telescope on the ISS, which points towards the area near the Sun, has laser line filters and a simple knife-edge coronagraph to suppress the Sun light to 1 part in 10,000 of the light level of the light received from the space station.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission
The edge was considered as a sharp knife edge.
Testing and design of a lens system for atom trapping and fluorescence detection
Finally, KED(X ) (’Knife-Edge Distribution’ ) expresses the actual onedimensional intensity of the knife edge image as a function of the scanning coordinate X on the x-axis.
Testing and design of a lens system for atom trapping and fluorescence detection
The receiving telescope, which points toward the area near the Sun, has laser line filters and a simple knife-edge coronagraph to suppress the Sun’s light to 1 part in 104 of the light level of the light received from the space station.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
This stop consists of a knife-edge mask placed 6 arcseconds beyond the solar limb.
The Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity
The receiving telescope, which points toward the area near the Sun, has laser line filters and a simple knife-edge coronagraph to suppress the Sun’s light to 1 part in 105 of the light level of the light received from the space station.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
This stop consists of a knife-edge mask placed 6 arcseconds beyond the solar limb.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
Novikov), lead the development of the first photoelectric image-motion monitor with a servo system (1975), later developed and actively used the photoelectric seeing monitor (FEP) with a fixed knife working on the Polar Star.
Peter Scheglov --- pioneer of site testing in the Central Asia
It depends on how you wield the knife of analysis to separate part from part.
Multi-Connected Ontologies
The PWFS is based on the same concept of the Focault knife edge test : a sharp edge element (a transmissive glass square-based pyramid) is placed on the focal plane where a point-like source is imaged by the telescope.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
The most serious problem with traditional model fitting, at least for imaging, is that components corresponding to unresolved features can, and probably will, collapse into Dirac δ distributions or knife-edges.
Smear fitting: a new deconvolution method for interferometric data
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