from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large knife used for carving meat at table.


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  • Latin-grammar master in an infuriated state, intent on his destruction with a carving-knife.

    A Holiday Romance

  • You see that the horse will throw him at the very first fling; and as for the sword, it never was made for such hands as his, which were good at holding a corkscrew or a carving-knife, but not clever at the management of weapons of war.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • In a minute he reappeared with a carving-knife in his hand.

    The Invisible Man

  • Assistant – Surgeon Dionysius Haggarty was deeply and seriously in love; and I am told that one day he very nearly killed the before-mentioned young ensign with a carving-knife, for venturing to make a second caricature, representing Lady Gammon and Jemima in

    Mens Wives

  • “But she sent a carving-knife at me first,” said the heartbroken husband.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs. Cratchit, looking slowly all along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it in the breast; but when she did, and when the long expected gush of stuffing issued forth, one murmur of delight arose all round the board, and even Tiny Tim, excited by the two young Cratchits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife, and feebly cried Hurrah!

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Stave 3 The Second of the Three Spirits | Solar Flare: Science Fiction News

  • Whereupon Mr Meager had endeavoured to force the lock of an old bureau with a carving-knife, and there had been some slight personal encounter — after which he had had some gin and had gone to bed.

    Phineas Redux

  • They sat down and she took the carving-knife and made a long incision.

    The Years

  • Carol reflected that the carving-knife would make an excellent dagger with which to kill Uncle Whittier.

    Main Street

  • Europe; and more significant than the future of Asia was the never-settled weekly question as to whether the small kitchen knife with the unpainted handle or the second-best buckhorn carving-knife was better for cutting up cold chicken for Sunday supper.

    Main Street


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