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cut Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a share of the profits
    • everyone got a cut of the earnings
  2. noun (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next
    • the cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt
  3. noun a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
  4. noun a step on some scale
    • he is a cut above the rest
  5. noun a wound made by cutting
    gash; slice; slash.
    • he put a bandage over the cut
  6. noun a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    cut of meat.
  7. noun a remark capable of wounding mentally
    • the unkindest cut of all
  8. noun 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
  9. noun the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
    excision; deletion.
    • an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors
    • both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause
  10. noun the style in which a garment is cut
    • a dress of traditional cut
  11. noun a canal made by erosion or excavation
  12. noun a refusal to recognize someone you know
    cold shoulder; snub.
    • the snub was clearly intentional
  13. noun in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
    baseball swing; swing.
    • he took a vicious cut at the ball
  14. noun (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
    • cuts do not bother a good tennis player
  15. noun 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
  16. noun the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
    • his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels
  17. noun the act of cutting something into parts
    • his cuts were skillful
    • his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess
  18. noun the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
    cutting off; cutting.
    • the barber gave him a good cut
  19. noun the act of reducing the amount or number
    • the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget
  20. noun an unexcused absence from class
    • he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class
  21. verb separate with or as if with an instrument
    • Cut the rope
  22. verb cut down on; make a reduction in
    trim; cut back; bring down; reduce; cut down; trim down; trim back.
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits
  23. verb turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    swerve; veer; trend; curve; sheer; slew; slue.
    • The car cut to the left at the intersection
    • The motorbike veered to the right
  24. verb make an incision or separation
    • cut along the dotted line
  25. verb discharge from a group
    • The coach cut two players from the team
  26. verb form by probing, penetrating, or digging
    • cut a hole
    • cut trenches
    • The sweat cut little rivulets into her face
  27. verb style and tailor in a certain fashion
    • cut a dress
  28. verb hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction
    • cut a Ping-Pong ball
  29. verb make out and issue
    make out; issue; write out.
    • write out a check
    • cut a ticket
    • Please make the check out to me
  30. verb cut and assemble the components of
    edit; edit out.
    • edit film
    • cut recording tape
  31. verb intentionally fail to attend
    • cut class
  32. verb be able to manage or manage successfully
    • I can't hack it anymore
    • she could not cut the long days in the office
  33. verb give the appearance or impression of
    • cut a nice figure
  34. verb move (one's fist)
    • his opponent cut upward toward his chin
  35. verb pass directly and often in haste
    • We cut through the neighbor's yard to get home sooner
  36. verb pass through or across
    • The boat cut the water
  37. verb make an abrupt change of image or sound
    • cut from one scene to another
  38. verb stop filming
    • cut a movie scene
  39. verb make a recording of
    • cut the songs
    • She cut all of her major titles again
  40. verb record a performance on (a medium)
    • cut a record
  41. verb create by duplicating data
    • cut a disk
    • burn a CD
  42. verb form or shape by cutting or incising
    • cut paper dolls
  43. verb perform or carry out
    • cut a caper
  44. verb function as a cutting instrument
    • This knife cuts well
  45. verb allow incision or separation
    • This bread cuts easily
  46. verb divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult
    • Wayne cut
    • She cut the deck for a long time
  47. verb cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
    switch off; turn out; turn off.
    • Turn off the stereo, please
    • cut the engine
    • turn out the lights
  48. verb reap or harvest
    • cut grain
  49. verb fell by sawing; hew
    • The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia
  50. verb penetrate injuriously
    • The glass from the shattered windshield cut into her forehead
  51. verb refuse to acknowledge
    ignore; disregard; snub.
    • She cut him dead at the meeting
  52. verb shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
    • cut my hair
  53. verb weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    rationalise; prune; rationalize.
    • We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet
  54. verb dissolve by breaking down the fat of
    • soap cuts grease
  55. verb have a reducing effect
    • This cuts into my earnings
  56. verb cease, stop
    cut off.
    • cut the noise
    • We had to cut short the conversation
  57. verb reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
    reduce; abbreviate; abridge; shorten; contract; foreshorten.
    • The manuscript must be shortened
  58. verb lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
    thin out; dilute; reduce; thin.
    • cut bourbon
  59. verb have grow through the gums
    • The baby cut a tooth
  60. verb grow through the gums
    • The new tooth is cutting
  61. verb cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
    • the vet gelded the young horse
  62. adjective 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
  63. adjective fashioned or shaped by cutting
    • a well-cut suit
    • cut diamonds
    • cut velvet
  64. adjective satellite with parts removed
    • the drastically cut film
  65. adjective made neat and tidy by trimming
    • his neatly trimmed hair
  66. adjective (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine
    • the smell of newly mown hay
  67. adjective (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit
    • the cut pages of the book
  68. adjective satellite (of a male animal) having the testicles removed
    emasculated; gelded.
    • a cut horse
  69. adjective satellite (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply
    • the slashed prices attracted buyers
  70. adjective satellite mixed with water
    thinned; weakened.
    • sold cut whiskey
    • a cup of thinned soup

Cut transitive verb
OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten, curtail, dock, cutach short, docked, cut a bobtail, piece, Ir. cut a short tail, cutach bobtailed. Cf. Coot.
imperfect & past participle Cut; present participle & verbal noun Cutting
  1. To sparate the parts of with, or as with, a sharp instrument; to make an incision in; to gash; to sever; to divide.
    You must cut this flesh from off his breast. Shak.
    Before the whistling winds the vessels fly, With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way. Pope.
  2. To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering; to hew; to mow or reap.
    Thy servants can skill to cut timer. 2. Chron. ii. 8
  3. To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as, to cut the hair; to cut the nails.
  4. To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.
  5. To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, etc.; to carve; to hew out.
    Why should a man. whose blood is warm within, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster? Shak.
    Loopholes cut through thickest shade. Milton.
  6. To wound or hurt deeply the snsibilities of; to pierce; to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.
    The man was cut to the heart. Addison.
  7. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right angles.
  8. To refuse to recognize; to ignorre; as, to cut a person in the street; to cut one's acquaintance. Colloq.
  9. To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a recitation. etc. Colloq.
    An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the shop whenever he can do so with impunity. Thomas Hamilton.
Cut intransitive verb
  1. To do the work of an edged tool; to serve in dividing or gashing; as, a knife cuts well.
  2. To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
    Panels of white wood that cuts like cheese. Holmes.
  3. To perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising, intersecting, etc.; to use a cutting instrument.
    He saved the lives of thousands by manner of cutting for the stone. Pope.
  4. To make a stroke with a whip.
  5. To interfere, as a horse.
  6. To move or make off quickly. Colloq.
  7. To divide a pack of cards into two portion to decide the deal or trump, or to schange the order of the cards to be dealt. Thackeray.
Cut noun
  1. An opening made with an edged instrument; a cleft; a gash; a slash; a wound made by cutting; as, a sword cut.
  2. A stroke or blow or cutting motion with an edged instrument; a stroke or blow with a whip.
  3. That which wounds the feelings, as a harsh remark or criticism, or a sarcasm; personal discourtesy, as neglecting to recognize an acquaintance when meeting him; a slight.
    Rip called him by name, but the cur snarled, snapped his teeth, and passed on. This was an unkind cut indeed. W. Irving.
  4. A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove; as, a cut for a railroad.
    This great cut or ditch Secostris . . . purposed to have made a great deal wider and deeper. Knolles.
  5. The surface left by a cut; as, a smooth or clear cut.
  6. A portion severed or cut off; a division; as, a cut of beef; a cut of timber.
    It should be understood, moreover, . . . that the group are not arbitrary cuts, but natural groups or types. Dana.
  7. An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving; as, a book illustrated with fine cuts.
  8. (a) The act of dividing a pack cards. (b) The right to divide; as, whose cut is it?
  9. Manner in which a thing is cut or formed; shape; style; fashion; as, the cut of a garment.
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut. Shak.
  10. A common work horse; a gelding. Obs.
    He'll buy me a cut, forth for to ride. Beau. & Fl.
  11. The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise. College Cant
  12. A skein of yarn. Wright.
    Now draweth cut . . . The which that hath the shortest shall begin. Chaucer.
Cut adjective
  1. Gashed or divided, as by a cutting instrument.
  2. Formed or shaped as by cuttting; carved.
  3. Overcome by liquor; tipsy. Slang

Webster 1913