from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine for cutting paper in piles or in sheets, or for trimming the edges of books, pamphlets, etc.; a paper-clipping machine. See cut in next column.
  • n. A flat thin blade of ivory, bone, hard wood, tortoise-shell, vulcanized rubber, or the like, used to cut open the leaves of books and other folded papers, and also for folding paper.


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  • In a 1975 photo exhibited alongside a door fitted with paper-cutter blades, a masked Maciunas peers out from behind the door, which bears a hilarious sign: BEWARE VERY SHARP BLADES!

    Making Art Out of Living

  • Collecting the colorful empty boxes from neighbors and fellow members of the Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Biller-Belinky uses a paper-cutter — she formerly used a shredder — to divide them into long strips, which she then crafts into baskets that take from a few hours to a few months to complete.

    2009 March 09 « Scavenging

  • I go through each boy's pile of pictures and crop the photos for maximum emphasis using my paper-cutter.

    Coping with the Christmas Pictures

  • I have a small paper-cutter and corner-rounder that I purchased at a scrapbooking party several years ago.

    Coping with the Christmas Pictures

  • It may not be OGREABLE to them (pardon the horrible pleasantry, but as I am writing in the solitude of my chamber, I am grinding my teeth — yelling, roaring, and cursing — brandishing my scissors and paper-cutter, and as it were, have become an ogre).

    Roundabout Papers

  • And King has a great blog, too: up now are musings on San Francisco in the 1920s--the setting for the latest novel--and various interesting writing-related matters, including a desperate struggle with a paper-cutter to make the fortunes for Mary Russell fortune cookies for the book party next week....


  • She went into her room quite calmly and took up a steel paper-cutter of dagger design — a knife with a handle of bronze and a point of great sharpness.

    The Titan

  • It is as flat and elastic as an ivory paper-cutter, and the lower mandible, differently from every other bird, is an inch and a half longer than the upper.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • A thin, narrow paper-cutter was in her grasp; and it flew into the lobby.

    Initials Only

  • The girl laughed again, loudly and with evident bravado, before she threw the cloak back and showed what she had evidently been holding in her hand from the first, a sharp-pointed, gold-handled paper-cutter.

    Initials Only


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