knife edge


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knife edge

n
1. the sharp cutting edge of a knife
2. any sharp edge
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a sharp-edged wedge of hard material on which the beam of a balance pivots or about which a pendulum is suspended
4. a critical point in the development of a situation, process of making a decision, etc

knife′ edge`


n.
1. the cutting edge of a knife.
2. anything with a sharp edge.
3. a wedge on the fine edge of which a scale beam, pendulum, or the like, balances or oscillates.
[1810–20]
knife′-edged`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knife edge - the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knifeknife edge - the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
blade - the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
edge - a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object; "he rounded the edges of the box"
edge tool - any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)
Translations

knife edge

n to be on a knife edge (fig) (person) → stare or camminare sul filo del rasoio; (hope, result) → essere appeso/a a un filo
the success of the scheme was balanced on a knife edge → la riuscita del progetto era appesa ad un filo
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