from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy, broad-bladed knife or hatchet used especially by butchers.
- n. Archaeology A bifacial core tool flaked to produce a straight sharp edge at one end.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A squarish, heavy knife used by butchers for hacking through bones etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who cleaves, or that which cleaves; especially, a butcher's instrument for cutting animal bodies into joints or pieces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which cleaves or sticks.
- n. See cleavers, 1.
- n. One who or that which cleaves or splits. Specifically
- n. A heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet used by butchers for cutting carcasses into joints or pieces.
- n. A cutting-tool with a sharp edge, used in place of a wedge for splitting timber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a butcher's knife having a large square blade
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The leading nigger had armed himself with a cleaver from the galley, and he grimaced like an ape as he prepared to slice me down.
A chef’s knife or cleaver is as sharp as a rapier, but it is not an instrument meant for killing.
Hello Kitt- the cleaver is a new tool to me, I'm going to have a go at dividing a chicken into the usual bits soon, and see how that goes.
So there is something there that could be exploited by the cleaver, which is definitely better than being exploited themselves.
That same side of the house looks like something was chopped off with a meat cleaver which is essentially what happened and finished with a flat wall with some windows in it that don’t match the windows in the rest of the house.
Democrats have accused Republicans of taking a "meat cleaver" to the government, seeking "draconian" cuts that could damage vital services, eliminate hundreds of thousands of federal jobs and destabilize the economic recovery.
` There goes my chance of promotion, 'Garthwaite laughed, as a woman bore down on the wounded man, brandishing a butcher's cleaver.
He pulled out a large cleaver and severed a remaining paw.
Next to a smoking, tantalizing chicken barbecue, beef taco cooks orchestrating the chuta-chuta dance of a meat cleaver on a chopping block mix their promises with the other cries of commerce.
As he spoke late Saturday, the "thump thump" of a cleaver could be heard just outside the unadorned office.