knifelike knifelike  /ˈnaɪf ˌlaɪk/


  1. (adj) cutting or able to cut as if with a knife
  2. (adj) having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
  3. (adj) painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
  4. (adj) having a sharp or distinct edge


  1. At the Chicago hospital, he complained of severe, knifelike pains in the abdomen.
  2. The accident splintered the boy's jaw and sent a knifelike sliver slicing across the base of his tongue.
  3. The new Rambler has lost its knifelike fins, gained a softer, flaring rear-end treatment, scarcely chromed side paneling, a generally smoother look.


  • Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

    These cousins of the shark send thousands of waders and surfers yelping for medical help each year. A powerful toxin in the barb of the ray's tail triggers a "knifelike pain" that can last for hours. Best prevention? Do the "stingray shuffle."
    on January 21, 2014     Source: NPR


  • "He didn't pull anything," Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost said after Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Athletics. "It just felt strange to him. It was not a knifelike pain, just a dull ache. He has some scar tissue back there, and it could be he...
    on Mar 9, 2006 By: Ned Yost Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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