knife-edge


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knife-edge

1. noun A stressful situation or mindset. I am on a knife-edge right now, waiting to hear if my contract has been extended—if not, I'll need to find a new job. Our grandmother is very ill, so we are all on a knife-edge these days.
2. adjective Very crisply and neatly folded. Typically said of the pleats of a garment or textile. When you fold that tablecloth, I need to see knife-edge pleats in it! That dry-cleaner does a great job getting a knife-edge crease in my pants.
3. adjective Sharp, narrow, and hard to traverse. Typically said of topographic features, like mountains. That knife-edge mountain pass has 1,000-foot drops on either side.
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A fully randomized test was done with two factors: (1) bit type with three levels, carbide hammer, knife-edge, and combo bits; and (2) loading method with two levels, high speed blowing and conveyor fed (gravity drop).
In essence the test boils down to having a point light source and knife-edge at or near the centre of curvature of the mirror and measuring the longitudinal position of the knife-edge, against the radial position of nulls or crests in the shadows appearing in the mirror.
Everton will face another few weeks on the knife-edge yet
This loss is approximated by the knife-edge propagation model, as shown in Figure 4.
The relief edge features a negative rake that acts as a knife-edge making that edge capable of cutting as well.
Avoiding both photorealist slickness and expressionistic flourish, it reads as a knife-edge balancing act between an objective and subjective register, reinforcing the play of opposites--visibility and invisibility, objectivity and subjectivity, expression and concealment--that shapes the artist's overall project.
Until it is released on October 19, we'll be on a knife-edge.
With the contest on a knife-edge going into last Sunday's game, Mark won it by predicting Kilmarnock to beat Saints 2-1.
PRIME Minister Tony Blair faces a knife-edge battle to retain Britain's veto over taxes when he meets European Union leaders in Nice this week.
The aluminum rain gauge housing has a 6-inch knife-edge collector ring.
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In its lightning changes of direction and in its knife-edge wariness, it left the realm of words far behind and dealt with pure feeling.
MANY businesses are on a knife-edge as the threat of a double-dip recession looms ever closer, says a West Midland business expert.
The vote could tip the balance of power in the knife-edge council.
HAROLD Foster last night said his fellow farmers were living on a "knife-edge" waiting to see if they could find a new contract to sell their milk.