Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A board on which knives are cleaned and polished.
  • noun A central double seat, running along the top of an omnibus from front to rear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A board on which knives are cleaned or polished.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A board on which knives are cleaned or polished.
  • noun archaic An early bus with narrow, restrictive seating; a knifeboard bus.

Etymologies

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knife +‎ board

Examples

  • The "knifeboard," as the low partition against which outside passengers sat back to back was called, does not appear until after 1852.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • There was brought to the door at dawn for Richard a jibbing, backing pony, with vicious eyes, and for me a mangy horse like a knifeboard, spavined, with weak legs, and very aged, but nevertheless showing signs of “blood.”

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • Then Hugh Stanbury took his leave of Mrs Outhouse; but as he went home, again on the knifeboard of an omnibus, he smoked the pipe of triumph rather than the pipe of contemplation.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • It was Larive who had just climbed down from the knifeboard.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • There was brought to the door at dawn for Richard a jibbing, backing pony, with vicious eyes, and for me a mangy horse like a knifeboard, spavined, with weak legs, and very aged, but nevertheless showing signs of "blood."

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • It was Larive who had just climbed down from the knifeboard.

    The Ink-Stain (Tache d'encre) — Complete

  • There was brought to the door at dawn for Richard a jibbing, backing pony, with vicious eyes, and for me a mangy horse like a knifeboard, spavined, with weak legs, and very aged, but nevertheless showing signs of "blood."

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton Volume II

  • Lozérien Helvellyn, provided we could sit on a knifeboard.

    The Roof of France

  • Yes, it was out of the question to drive for fourteen hours at a stretch, seated on such a knifeboard.

    The Roof of France

  • So I gave up the chase and dropped behind, covered with dust and perspiration, amid frantic cheers from the knifeboard and broad grins from the passengers on the pavement.

    Tom, Dick and Harry

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