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.
This loss is approximated by the knife-edge propagation model, as shown in Figure 4.
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.
Last night he said: "Everybody's hands are tied and people are living on a knife-edge.
CAROLINE Spelman's future was on a knife-edge yesterday after a report failed to clear her over payments to a nanny.
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When the figures were broken down by region Wales had the highest rate of people living on a financial knife-edge than anywhere else in the UK.
The knife-edge final, which ended with Jonny Wilkinson's soaring drop goal in the last moments of extra time and prompted euphoria across the country, won the NationalTelevision Awards TV Moment of the Year.
SECTARIAN tensions were on a knife-edge last night as Orangemen returned to flashpoint north Belfast amid fears of a full-scale riot.