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Jackknife   Listen

(pl. jackknives)
A large knife with one or more folding blades.  Synonym: clasp knife.
A dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out.

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"Jackknife" Quotes from Famous Books

... his secretary, and he stopped to pound his fist on its narrow ledge. "It's that damned Griffiths again and his cursed jackknife hull!" he exclaimed. The dark tide suffused his countenance. Gerrit studied him thoughtfully: he didn't know just how much William had yet told their father about the sweeping changes taking place in Ammidon, Ammidon and Saltonstone. He did see, however, ...
— Java Head • Joseph Hergesheimer

... to remain quiet, and after his exciting experiences he was quite willing to rest himself for a time. The lad pulled a lot of the linen down to the floor, and making a bed for himself, doubled up like a jackknife and settled himself for the night. It was not a comfortable position, but Phil Forrest was used to roughing it. In a few minutes he ...
— The Circus Boys In Dixie Land • Edgar B. P. Darlington

... Scotty took out his jackknife and probed with the largest blade. Clearly, there was nothing in the basin but a solid ...
— The Blue Ghost Mystery • Harold Leland Goodwin

... The question now arises, "What shall we eat them with?" If you are "roughing it," such luxuries as plates and knifes and forks are surely out of the question; and you must content yourself with a pair of chop sticks "a la Chinee," or make your jackknife do double purpose, using a flat chip or stone as a plate. A small tin plate may be added to the list of utensils if desired, but we are now confining ourselves to the "lowest limit" of absolute necessities. That wholesome dish known as "boiled mush," may come under ...
— Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making • William Hamilton Gibson

... certain modest and little known inventor, still alive and busy, named Charles E. Scribner. Of the nine thousand switchboard patents, Scribner holds six hundred or more. Ever since 1878, when he devised the first "jackknife switch," Scribner has been the wizard of the switchboard. It was he who saw most clearly its requirements. Hundreds of others have helped, but Scribner was the one man who persevered, who never asked for an easier job, and who in the end became ...
— The History of the Telephone • Herbert N. Casson

Words linked to "Jackknife" :   dive, diving, pocketknife, pocket knife, sport, athletics

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