from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A knife or scraper used for clearing off crumbs and other remnants of food from the table into the voider.
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To purify their tables, the servant bore a long wooden "voiding-knife," by which he scraped the fragments from the table into a basket, called "a voider."
_alms-dish_ on the table was discontinued, and with less charitable intentions came the less refined custom of removing the broken victuals after a meal by means of a _voiding-knife_ and _voider_: the latter was a basket into which were swept by a large wand, usually of wood, or
_voiding-knife_, as it was termed, all the bones and scraps left upon the trenchers or scattered about the table.
: "Enter Gustus with a _voiding-knife_;" and in _A Woman killed with Kindness_, "Enter three or four serving men, one with a