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cutting (See cut)
1 separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument; "the cut surface was mottled"; "cut tobacco"; "blood from his cut forehead"; "bandages on her cut wrists" [ant: uncut]
2 fashioned or shaped by cutting; "a well-cut suit"; "cut diamonds"; "cut velvet" [ant: uncut]
3 with parts removed; "the drastically cut film" [syn: shortened]
4 made neat and tidy by trimming; "his neatly trimmed hair" [syn: trimmed] [ant: untrimmed]
5 (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine; "the smell of new-mown hay" [syn: mown] [ant: unmown]
6 (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit; "the cut pages of the book" [ant: uncut]
7 (of a male animal) having the testicles removed; "a cut horse" [syn: emasculated, gelded]
8 having a long rip or tear; "a split lip" [syn: split]
9 wounded by cutting deeply; "got a gashed arm in a knife fight"; "had a slashed cheek from the broken glass" [syn: gashed, slashed]
10 cut down; "the tree is down" [syn: cut down, down]
11 (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply; "the slashed prices attracted buyers" [syn: slashed]
12 mixed with water; "sold cut whiskey"; "a cup of thinned soup" [syn: thinned, weakened]


1 the act of reducing the amount or number; "the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget"
2 a wound made by cutting; "he put a bandage over the cut" [syn: gash, slash, slice]
3 a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass [syn: cut of meat]
4 a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; "he played the first cut on the cd"; "the title track of the album" [syn: track]
5 the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; "his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels" [syn: cutting]
6 a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
7 a step on some scale; "he is a cut above the the rest"
8 a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation [syn: gash]
9 (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next; "the cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt"
10 the act of cutting something into parts; "his cuts were skillful"; "his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess" [syn: cutting]
11 the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; "an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors"; "both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause" [syn: deletion, excision]
12 the style in which a garment is cut; "a dress of traditional cut"
13 the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends; "the barber gave him a good cut" [syn: cutting, cutting off]
14 in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; "he took a vicious cut at the ball" [syn: baseball swing, swing]
15 a remark capable of wounding mentally; "the unkindest cut of all" [syn: stinger]
16 a canal made by erosion or excavation
17 a refusal to recognize someone you know; "the snub was clearly intentional" [syn: snub, cold shoulder]
18 (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball; "cuts do not bother a good tennis player" [syn: undercut]
19 the division of a deck of cards before dealing; "he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal"; "the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual" [syn: cutting]
20 an unexcused absence from class; "he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class"


1 separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
2 cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits" [syn: reduce, cut down, cut back, trim, trim down, trim back, bring down]
3 turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right" [syn: swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew]
4 make an incision or separation; "cut along the dotted line"
5 discharge from a group; "The coach cut two players from the team"
6 form by probing, penetrating, or digging; "cut a hole"; "cut trenches"; "The sweat cut little rivulets into her face"
7 style and tailor in a certain fashion; "cut a dress" [syn: tailor]
8 hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction; "cut a pingpong ball"
9 make out and issue; "write out a check"; "cut a ticket"; "Please make the check out to me" [syn: write out, issue, make out]
10 cut and assemble the components of; "edit film"; "cut recording tape" [syn: edit, edit out]
11 intentionally fail to attend; "cut class" [syn: skip]
12 informal: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office" [syn: hack]
13 give the appearance or impression of; "cut a nice figure"
14 move (one's fist); "his opponent cut upward toward his chin"
15 pass directly and often in haste; "We cut through the neighbor's yard to get home sooner"
16 pass through or across; "The boat cut the water"
17 make an abrupt change of image or sound; "cut from one scene to another"
18 stop filming; "cut a movie scene"
19 make a recording of; "cut the songs"; "She cut all of her major titles again"
20 record a performance on (a medium); "cut a record"
21 create by duplicating data; "cut a disk"; "burn a CD" [syn: burn]
22 form or shape by cutting or incising; "cut paper dolls"
23 perform or carry out; "cut a caper"
24 function as a cutting instrument; "This knife cuts well"
25 allow incision or separation; "This bread cuts easily"
26 divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult; "Wayne cut"; "She cut the deck for a long time"
27 cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; "Turn off the stereo, please"; "cut the engine"; "turn out the lights" [syn: switch off, turn off, turn out] [ant: switch on]
28 reap or harvest; "cut grain"
29 fell by sawing; hew; "The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia"
30 penetrate injuriously; "The glass from the shattered windshield cut into her forehead"
31 refuse to acknowledge; "She cut him dead at the meeting" [syn: ignore, disregard, snub]
32 shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of; "cut my hair"
33 weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: prune, rationalize, rationalise]
34 dissolve by breaking down the fat of; "soap cuts grease"
35 have a reducing effect; "This cuts into my earnings"
36 cease, stop; "cut the noise"; "We had to cut short the conversation" [syn: cut off]
37 reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge, foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, contract, reduce] [ant: elaborate]
38 lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon" [syn: dilute, thin, thin out, reduce]
39 have grow through the gums; "The baby cut a tooth"
40 grow through the gums; "The new tooth is cutting"
41 cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses); "the vet gelded the young horse" [syn: geld] [also: cutting]cutting adj
1 (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment" [syn: edged, stinging]
2 unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North Atlantic" [syn: bleak, raw]
3 as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain" [syn: keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating]
4 suitable for cutting or severing; "a cutting tool"; "the cutting edge"


1 the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film [syn: film editing]
2 a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting [syn: slip]
3 the act of cutting something into parts; "his cuts were skillful"; "his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess" [syn: cut]
4 a piece cut off from the main part of something
5 an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; "he searched through piles of letters and clippings" [syn: clipping, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting]
6 cutting away parts to create a desired shape [syn: carving]
7 the division of a deck of cards before dealing; "he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal"; "the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual" [syn: cut]
8 the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; "his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels" [syn: cut]
9 the act of diluting something; "the cutting of whiskey with water"; "the thinning of paint with turpentine" [syn: thinning]
10 the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends; "the barber gave him a good cut" [syn: cut, cutting off]

User Contributed Dictionary






  1. The action of the verb to cut.
    How many different cuttings can this movie undergo?
  2. A section removed from the larger whole.
  3. A newspaper clipping.
  4. A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.
  5. An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.
    The actor had to make his cutting shorter to fit the audition time.
  6. The editing of film or other recordings.
  7. Self-harm: the act of cutting one's own skin.


action of to cut
  • French: découpage
  • Hebrew: חיתוך (khitukh)
  • Spanish: recorte
editing of film
  • Italian: decoupage


  1. That is used for cutting.
    I need some sort of cutting utensil to get through this shrink wrap.
  2. Of remarks, criticism, etc., potentially hurtful.
    The director gave the auditioning actors cutting criticism.


Extensive Definition

Cutting is the separation of a physical object, or a portion of a physical object, into two portions, through the application of an acutely directed force. An implement commonly used for cutting is the knife or in medical cases the scalpel. However, any sufficiently sharp object is capable of cutting if it has a hardness sufficiently larger than the object being cut, and if it is applied with sufficient force. Cutting also describes the action of a saw which removes material in the process of cutting.
Cutting is a compressive and shearing phenomenon, and occurs only when the total stress generated by the cutting implement exceeds the ultimate strength of the material of the object being cut. The simplest applicable equation is stress = force/area: The stress generated by a cutting implement is directly proportional to the force with which it is applied, and inversely proportional to the area of contact. Hence, the smaller the area (i.e., the sharper the cutting implement), the less force is needed to cut something.
When referring to propagating plants, cutting is one of the methods that can be used. It involves cutting a part of the plant typically a healthy shoot, with sharp and sterile scissors or any other cutting device, and then placing the removed part in water. Some cuttings do not require water. Certain shoots when cut are able to grow when placed in vermiculite or potting soil. However, the former is the easiest to do as most shoots when cut from the main plant need time to grow roots, and then they are able to be transferred to potting soil.

Tools commonly used for cutting

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cutting in German: Zerspanen
cutting in Polish: Cięcie

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