from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A machine in which hay is chopped short, as fodder for cattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine for cutting hay into small pieces for use as food for cattle.


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  • Douglas from a farm wagon that he was driving off during the carter's absence, Molly and Betty from an infuriated sow that they were trying to wash under the pump, and Bobby and Billy from a hay-cutter they were meditating using, nurse locked up all the five in the garret, hoping they would be safe there until their uncle arrived.


  • I lay it on this hay-cutter, which some friends bought cheap for me at a fair, and answered my purpose after

    Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls

  • He spoke to some one of Ian's father, who had just then died, as 'an ignorant old hay-cutter,' and the speech was repeated far and wide.

    The Heather-Moon

  • It did seem as if I never would get out from under that hay-cutter; and all the while I was struggling and wrenching myself and the cutter apart, that awful beast was kicking around in the stall, and making the most appalling sound imaginable.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)

  • I struck on the sharp edge of a barrel, rolled over a couple of times, then disappeared under a hay-cutter.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)

  • Many winged strangers came to feast on the treasures uncovered by the hay-cutter, and then the shy red-head showed himself on our grounds.

    Little Brothers of the Air

  • The first day he came, he chopped the top off one finger in the hay-cutter, and during the week, fell from the shed roof, was chased by an angry hen who tried to pick his out because he examined her chickens, got run away with, and had his ears boxed violent by Asia, who caught him luxuriously skimming a pan of cream with half a stolen pie.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

  • It is seldom that a siren, leaning lightly against a bright new hay-cutter, with a background of iron rakes and hoes and spades, sings her soft song.

    The Girl at Cobhurst

  • But it did not prevent me from observing the sly glances exchanged between the girls, nor prevent my hearing the little bursts of suppressed giggling which they pretended were caused by the funny motions of the hay-cutter in a neighboring field.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

  • They quoted it as nothing more than an ordinary occurrence for one or other of us to crop off two or three fingers, of a morning, by our clumsy use of the hay-cutter.

    The Blithedale Romance


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