Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Edged like a knife; tapering to a thin edge: specifically applied in entomology to a compressed abdomen when it presents a sharp edge on the ventral surface, as in certain Cynipidæ.

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Examples

  • The angel flexed his silver wings, the knife-edged feathers gleaming.

    Crimson Wind

  • There have been tart knife-edged satires like Dr. Strangelove and weepy but powerful melodramas like On the Beach.

    How the End Begins

  • When the soldiers reached the knife-edged passage, he was prompted to warn them.

    Koolau the Leper

  • Except Kiloliana, who knew back-trails up the precipitous walls, no man could win to the gorge save by advancing across a knife-edged ridge.

    Koolau the Leper

  • And again the knife-edged passage was disputed, and again they fell back to the beach.

    Koolau the Leper

  • More than a hundred hopefuls would try the same knife-edged Hornli ridge, the most popular route, and there is room on the steep rock for safe passage of but one party at a time.

    James M. Clash: Madness on the Matterhorn

  • His feature-length art films, lavishly shot and propped and edited, veer from images of a classic-car demolition derby in the Chrysler Building, to a gorgeous amputee slicing potatoes with her knife-edged prostheses, to melted Vaseline pouring down a chute at the Guggenheim Museum.

    Movies: Matthew Barney's 'Cremaster Cycle' comes to E Street Cinema

  • “A culinary argument between a brother and sister about whether to use butter or margarine turned violent, resulting in an attack with a knife-edged barbecue spatula.”

    Friday Follies 2.20 « A Progressive on the Prairie

  • “A culinary argument between a brother and sister about whether to use butter or margarine turned violent [9], resulting in an attack with a knife-edged barbecue spatula.”

    A Progressive on the Prairie » Friday Follies 2.20 » Print

  • It must have an appetite knife-edged and never satisfied.

    CHAPTER III

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