from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not cut.
  • adjective Printing Having the page edge not slit or trimmed. Used of a book.
  • adjective Not cut or ground to a specific shape. Used of a gemstone.
  • adjective Not condensed, abridged, or shortened, as by an editor or censor.
  • adjective Slang Uncircumcised. Used of a man or boy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not cut; specifically, in bookbinding, not trimmed across the bolts; having the full margin of the untrimmed sheets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not cut; not separated or divided by cutting or otherwise; -- said especially of books, periodicals, and the like, when the leaves have not been separated by trimming in binding.
  • adjective Not ground, or otherwise cut, into a certain shape.
  • adjective Not shortened; not condensed; unabridged; -- said of books, plays, and movies.
  • adjective Not diluted; -- said especially of illegal narcotic drugs. Such illegal drugs are often diluted by admixture with harmless foodstuffs such as sugars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective not cut
  • adjective of a gemstone not cut or ground to the desired shape
  • adjective of a book not having the page edges trimmed
  • adjective of a play, film etc not edited or abridged by a censor
  • adjective not circumcised.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective complete
  • adjective not cut
  • adjective (used of grass or vegetation) not cut down with a hand implement or machine
  • adjective not shaped by cutting or trimming
  • adjective (of pages of a book) having adjacent leaves still joined at the fore edge
  • adjective not cut
  • adjective not trimmed


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  • In rare/antique books, describes pages that have not been shaved down to a uniform surface.

    February 22, 2007