American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing: a cutting tool.
- adj. Sharply penetrating; piercing: a cutting wind.
- adj. Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings of others: a cutting remark. See Synonyms at incisive.
- n. A part cut off from a main body.
- n. A part, such as a stem, leaf, or root, removed from a plant to propagate a new plant, as through rooting or grafting.
- n. An excavation made through high ground in a construction project.
- n. The editing of film or recording tape.
- n. Chiefly British A clipping, as from a newspaper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Penetrating or dividing by a cut, as of an edged tool; serving to penetrate or divide; sharp.
- 2. Wounding or deeply affecting the feelings, as with pain, shame, etc.; satirical; severe: applied to persons or things: as, he was very cutting; a cutting remark.
- Thieving; swaggering; bullying.
- n. A piece cut off; a slip; a slice; a clipping. Specifically— A small shoot or branch cut from a plant and placed in the earth, or in sand, etc., to root and form a new plant.
- n. A section; a thin slice used for microscopical purposes.
- n. A slip cut from a newspaper or other print containing a paragraph or an article which one wishes to use or preserve.
- n. An excavation made through a hill or rising ground, in constructing a road, railway, canal, etc.: the opposite of a filling.
- n. The action of a horse when he strikes the inner and lower part of the fetlock-joint with the opposite hoof while traveling.
- n. A caper; a curvet.
- n. In coal-mining, work done in mining or getting coal so that it may be broken down. The holing or undercutting is parallel with the stratification and at the bottom of the mass; the cutting is at right angles to this, and the effect of the two operations is to isolate a certain quantity of coal, which is afterward broken down by powder or wedges. Sometimes called
- n. plural The refuse obtained from the sieve of a hutch.
- n. plural Bruised groats, or oats prepared for gruel, porridge, etc.
- n. See the extract.
- n. A process in bookbinding. After gluing, rounding, and backing, the edges are cut in a special machine. Cutting is one of the secondary processes included in the general term forwarding. See forwarding, n., 2.
- n. An area upon which the entire stand has been cut.
- v. present participle of cut.
- n. countable, uncountable The action of the verb to cut.
- n. countable A section removed from the larger whole.
- n. countable A newspaper clipping.
- n. countable A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.
- n. countable An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.
- n. uncountable The editing of film or other recordings.
- n. uncountable Self-harm; the act of cutting one's own skin.
- n. countable A narrow passage, dug for a road, railway or canal to go through.
- adj. not comparable That is used for cutting.
- adj. Of remarks, criticism, etc., potentially hurtful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.
- n. Something cut, cut off, or cut out, as a twig or scion cut off from a stock for the purpose of grafting or of rooting as an independent plant; something cut out of a newspaper; an excavation cut through a hill or elsewhere to make a way for a railroad, canal, etc.; a cut.
- adj. Adapted to cut.
- adj. Chilling; penetrating; sharp.
- adj. Severe; sarcastic; biting.
- n. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
- n. the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
- n. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
- n. the division of a deck of cards before dealing
- n. the act of cutting something into parts
- n. the act of diluting something
- adj. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
- n. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
- n. removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
- n. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
- n. a piece cut off from the main part of something
- adj. unpleasantly cold and damp
- adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
“The subjects of purpose of thread cutting, kinds of threads as the description of the tools for thread cutting should be taught by employing all the teaching aids available.”
“The expression "cutting the cord" describes a necessary action to take when it's time to end a dependent relationship.”
“The term cutting edge is so misleading – many of our autistic children entering their teens are doing so well not just from ABA but from all types of medically sound early interventions with speech, PT, OT, food, psychological and psychiatric therapies.”
“Having assured my fellow-traveller of my unqualified approbation of all I had witnessed, there was a short pause, during which he employed himself in cutting from a cake of honeydew a small plug about half an inch square; this went to replace one which he deposited unpleasantly near my feet.”
“So it must have been very clever what they call cutting or editing or some such veshch.”
“We have also, however, been looking at what I call cutting-edge techniques that terrorists might develop in creating improvised explosive devices.”
“Currants are raised from cuttings generally about a foot long, all the buds from which are taken off, except five or six at the top; and the cutting is then firmly fixed in the soil about six inches deep.”
“That's what I call cutting the Gordian knot," said M. Grimaldi.”
“That's what they call the cutting edge," he continued.”
“- The city of St. Paul has what it calls a cutting-edge parking management plan to try to lessen an expected parking crunch along University Ave. from a proposed light-rail transit line.”
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