Meaning of KNIFE in English

I. ˈnīf noun

( plural knives ˈnīvz)

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


a. : a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade fastened to a handle

b. : a weapon resembling a knife

2. : a sharp cutting blade or tool in a machine

3. : surgery 4 — usually used in the phrase under the knife

• knife·like ˈnīf-ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( knifed ; knif·ing )

Date: 1865

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.