Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The handle of a knife.
  • n. A mollusk, the razor-shell, Solen ensis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marine clam having a long narrow curved thin shell

Etymologies

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Examples

  • And get a load of the women's oath of abstinence: "I will neither extend my Persian slippers toward the ceiling, nor will I crouch like the carven lions on a knife-handle."

    Let's Make Love, Not War

  • He looked at the knife-handle sticking out of his shirt.

    Blaze

  • His yellow shirt was turning red around the knife-handle.

    Blaze

  • Under my cloak my hand had clutched my knife-handle, but I strove hard against the fierce, almost maddening impulse to pluck it out and bury it, quick as lightning, in his accursed throat.

    Green Mansions

  • There weren't many of them, some faience amulets, a carved knife-handle that someone had discarded, a horn spoon he'd made himself, a very small oil lamp he had modeled from clay.

    Joust

  • Look at your knife-handle, there, my civilized and enlightened gourmand, dining off that roast beef, what is that handle made of? — what but the bones of the brother of the very ox you are eating?

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Nor will I crouch like the carven lions on a knife-handle.

    Lysistrata

  • Every stocking, every knife-handle, that comes into the States, has to pay a duty to this infernal aristocrat.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 347, September, 1844

  • _Nor will I crouch with bottom upraised, like carven lions on a knife-handle_.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • A small tin box, whose close-fitting cover was hermetically sealed with rust, was found, and while it was being examined, one of the gentlemen, Mr. Frank Rabel, tapped it lightly with his knife-handle.

    History of the Donner Party, a Tragedy of the Sierra

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