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Knifelike   /nˈaɪflˌaɪk/   Listen
Knifelike

adjective
1.
Cutting or able to cut as if with a knife.
2.
Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions.  Synonyms: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp.  "Incisive comments" , "Icy knifelike reasoning" , "As sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang" , "Penetrating insight" , "Frequent penetrative observations"
3.
Painful as if caused by a sharp instrument.  Synonyms: cutting, keen, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing.  "Keen winds" , "Knifelike cold" , "Piercing knifelike pains" , "Piercing cold" , "Piercing criticism" , "A stabbing pain" , "Lancinating pain"
4.
Having a sharp or distinct edge.






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"Knifelike" Quotes from Famous Books



... essay first—that would be easiest. There was a hollow in the bole of the tree in a great crotch high above the ground. Here she cached all of her treasure except a single knifelike sliver. With this she descended to the ground and searching out a slender sapling that grew arrow-straight she hacked and sawed until she could break it off without splitting the wood. It was just the right diameter for the shaft of a spear—a hunting ...
— Tarzan the Terrible • Edgar Rice Burroughs



Words linked to "Knifelike" :   perceptive, distinct



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