Meaning of KNIFE in English

n. & v.

--n. (pl. knives)

1. a a metal blade used as a cutting tool with usu. one long sharp edge fixed rigidly in a handle or hinged (cf. PENKNIFE). b a similar tool used as a weapon.

2 a cutting-blade forming part of a machine.

3 (as the knife) a surgical operation or operations.

1. cut or stab with a knife.

2 sl. bring about the defeat of (a person) by underhand means.

Phrases and idioms:

at knife-point threatened with a knife or an ultimatum etc. before you can say knife colloq. very quickly or suddenly. get one's knife into treat maliciously or vindictively, persecute. knife-board a board on which knives are cleaned. knife-edge

1. the edge of a knife.

2 a position of extreme danger or uncertainty.

3 a steel wedge on which a pendulum etc. oscillates.

4 AR


TE. knife-grinder

1. a travelling sharpener of knives etc.

2 a person who grinds knives etc. during their manufacture. knife-machine a machine for cleaning knives. knife-pleat a narrow flat pleat on a skirt etc., usu. overlapping another. knife-rest a metal or glass support for a carving-knife or -fork at table. knife-throwing a circus etc. act in which knives are thrown at targets. that one could cut with a knife colloq. (of an accent, atmosphere, etc.) very obvious, oppressive, etc.


knifelike adj. knifer n.

Etymology: OE cnif f. ON kn{iacute}fr f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.