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[n] edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
[n] a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
[n] any long thin projection that is transient; "tongues of flame licked at the walls"; "rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
[v] use a knife on; "The victim was knifed to death"


stab, tongue

Misc. Definitions

\Knife\, n.; pl. {Knives}. [OE. knif, AS. cn[=i]f; akin to D. knijf, Icel. kn[=i]fr, Sw. knif, Dan. kniv.]
1. 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..
2. A sword or dagger. The coward conquest of a wretch's knife. --Shak. {Knife grass} (Bot.) a tropical American sedge ({Scleria latifolia}), having leaves with a very sharp and hard edge, like a knife. {War to the knife}, mortal combat; a conflict carried to the last extremity.
\Knife\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Knifed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knifing}.]
1. (Hort.) To prune with the knife.
2. To cut or stab with a knife. [Low]
\Knife\, v. t. 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). [Slang, U. S.]

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