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Definitions of cut

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; " The manuscript must be shortened"
  2. in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; " he took a vicious cut at the ball"
  3. cut down on; make a reduction in; " reduce your daily fat intake"; " The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
  4. a refusal to recognize someone you know; " the snub was clearly intentional"
  5. turn sharply; change direction abruptly; " The car cut to the left at the intersection"; " The motorbike veered to the right"
  6. intentionally fail to attend; " cut class"
  7. an unexcused absence from class; " he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class"
  8. the act of reducing the amount or number; " the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget"
  9. the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends; " the barber gave him a good cut"
  10. the act of cutting something into parts; " his cuts were skillful"; " his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
  11. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; " his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"
  12. the division of a deck of cards before dealing; " his cutting the cards before every deal soon became a ritual"
  13. a stroke ( in tennis or badminton or squash) that puts reverse spin on the ball; " cuts do not bother a good tennis player"
  14. a canal made by erosion or excavation
  15. the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; " an editor's deletions frequently upset young authors"; " both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause"
  16. cut down; " the tree is down"
  17. a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  18. cease, stop; " cut the noise"; " We had to cut short the conversation"
  19. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; " cut bourbon"
  20. refuse to acknowledge; " She cut him dead at the meeting"
  21. ( of a male animal) having the testicles removed; " a cut horse"
  22. a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
  23. a wound made by cutting; " he put a bandage over the cut"
  24. wounded by cutting deeply; " got a gashed arm in a knife fight"; " had a slashed cheek from the broken glass"
  25. informal: be able to manage or manage successfully; " I can't hack it anymore"; " she could not cut the long days in the office"
  26. make out and issue; " write out a check"; " cut a ticket"; " Please make the check out to me"
  27. ( used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine; " the smell of new- mown hay"
  28. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; " We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
  29. with parts removed; " the drastically cut film"
  30. ( used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply; " the slashed prices attracted buyers"
  31. a remark capable of wounding mentally; " the unkindest cut of all"
  32. cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; " Turn off the stereo, please"; " cut the engine"; " turn out the lights"
  33. mixed with water; " sold cut whiskey"; " a cup of thinned soup"
  34. made neat and tidy by trimming; " his neatly trimmed hair"
  35. 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"
  36. ( sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball; " cuts do not bother a good tennis player"
  37. the style in which a garment is cut; " a dress of traditional cut"
  38. 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"
  39. ( film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next; " the cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt"
  40. a share of the profits; " everyone got a cut of the earnings"
  41. a step on some scale; " he is a cut above the the rest"
  42. cut off the testicles ( of male animals such as horses); " the vet gelded the young horse"
  43. grow through the gums; " The new tooth is cutting"
  44. have grow through the gums; " The baby cut a tooth"
  45. cut and assemble the components of; " edit film"; " cut recording tape"
  46. have a reducing effect; " This cuts into my earnings"
  47. dissolve by breaking down the fat of; " soap cuts grease"
  48. shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of; " cut my hair"
  49. penetrate injuriously; " The glass from the shattered windshield cut into her forehead"
  50. fell by sawing; hew; " The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia"
  51. reap or harvest; " cut grain"
  52. hit ( a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction; " cut a pingpong ball"
  53. separate with or as if with an instrument; " Cut the rope"
  54. divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult; " Wayne cut"; " She cut the deck for a long time"
  55. make an incision or separation; " cut along the dotted line"
  56. allow incision or separation; " This bread cuts easily"
  57. function as a cutting instrument; " This knife cuts well"
  58. perform or carry out; " cut a caper"
  59. form or shape by cutting or incising; " cut paper dolls"
  60. form by probing, penetrating, or digging; " cut a hole"; " cut trenches"; " The sweat cut little rivulets into her face"
  61. create by duplicating data; " cut a disk"; " burn a CD"
  62. record a performance on ( a medium); " cut a record"
  63. make a recording of; " cut the songs"; " She cut all of her major titles again"
  64. stop filming; " cut a movie scene"
  65. make an abrupt change of image or sound; " cut from one scene to another"
  66. pass through or across; " The boat cut the water"
  67. pass directly and often in haste; " We cut through the neighbor's yard to get home sooner"
  68. move ( one's fist); " his opponent cut upward toward his chin"
  69. give the appearance or impression of; " cut a nice figure"
  70. discharge from a group; " The coach cut two players from the team"
  71. 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"
  72. ( of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit; " the cut pages of the book"
  73. fashioned or shaped by cutting; " a well- cut suit"; " cut diamonds"; " cut velvet"
  74. having a long rip or tear; " a split lip"
  75. of Cut
  76. To separate the parts of with, or as with, a sharp instrument; to make an incision in; to gash; to sever; to divide.
  77. To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering; to hew; to mow or reap.
  78. To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as, to cut the hair; to cut the nails.
  79. To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.
  80. To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing, etc.; to carve; to hew out.
  81. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce; to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.
  82. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right angles.
  83. To refuse to recognize; to ignore; as, to cut a person in the street; to cut one's acquaintance.
  84. To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a recitation. etc.
  85. To do the work of an edged tool; to serve in dividing or gashing; as, a knife cuts well.
  86. To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
  87. To perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising, intersecting, etc.; to use a cutting instrument.
  88. To make a stroke with a whip.
  89. To interfere, as a horse.
  90. To move or make off quickly.
  91. To divide a pack of cards into two portion to decide the deal or trump, or to change the order of the cards to be dealt.
  92. An opening made with an edged instrument; a cleft; a gash; a slash; a wound made by cutting; as, a sword cut.
  93. A stroke or blow or cutting motion with an edged instrument; a stroke or blow with a whip.
  94. 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.
  95. A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove; as, a cut for a railroad.
  96. The surface left by a cut; as, a smooth or clear cut.
  97. A portion severed or cut off; a division; as, a cut of beef; a cut of timber.
  98. An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving; as, a book illustrated with fine cuts.
  99. The act of dividing a pack cards.
  100. The right to divide; as, whose cut is it?
  101. Manner in which a thing is cut or formed; shape; style; fashion; as, the cut of a garment.
  102. A common work horse; a gelding.
  103. The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise.
  104. A skein of yarn.
  105. Gashed or divided, as by a cutting instrument.
  106. Formed or shaped as by cutting; carved.
  107. Overcome by liquor; tipsy.
  108. To deflect ( a bowled ball) to the off, with a chopping movement of the bat.
  109. To drive ( an object ball) to either side by hitting it fine on the other side with the cue ball or another object ball.
  110. To strike ( a ball) with the racket inclined or struck across the ball so as to put a certain spin on the ball.
  111. To drive ( a ball) to one side by hitting with another ball.
  112. A slanting stroke causing the ball to spin and bound irregularly; also, the spin so given to the ball.
  113. A stroke on the off side between point and the wicket; also, one who plays this stroke.
  114. To reduce.
  115. To cleave or separate with a sharp instrument; make an incision in; divide; trim; intersect; diminish; colloquially, to pass deliberately without recognition; wound deeply; divide ( a pack of cards) at random; colloquially, to absent oneself from; as, to cut a class.
  116. To make an incision; do the work of a sharp instrument; as, the knife cuts well; to make a short cut by going across; as, we cut across the field.
  117. An incision or wound made by a sharp instrument; gash; a sharp stroke; a slight; a groove, made by digging; a slice; a straight, short passage; as, a short cut to a place; a block on which an engraving is made; the fashion of a garment; shape; colloquially, the deliberate ignoring of an acquaintance; the division of a pack of cards; one of several pieces used in drawing lots; a reduction in price.
  118. Cut.
  119. Cutting.
  120. To make an incision: to cleave or pass through: to divide: to carve or hew: to wound or hurt: to affect deeply: to castrate:- pr. p. cutting; pa. t. and pa. p. cut.
  121. A cleaving or dividing: a stroke or blow: an incision or wound: a piece cut off: an engraved block, or the picture from it: manner of cutting, or fashion.
  122. An incision; blow; piece cut off; small engraving; near passage.
  123. To make incision in; cleave; hew; wound or pain.
  124. To divide, trim, or shape, as with a knife; make a cut; server; clip; hew; wound.
  125. To hurt; pain; grieve.
  126. To pass without recognition.
  127. Formed or affected by cutting; wounded; severed.
  128. An incision; a gash; slit.
  129. A cutting motion or action.
  130. A short way, as across a corner.
  131. Fashion; form; style.
  132. Print. An engraved black, or a picture printed from it.
  133. Gashed; divided, & c. Cut and dry or dried, prepared for use. Cut- grass, spear- grass.
  134. The opening, cleft, gash, or wound, made by an edged instrument; a stroke or blow, as with a whip; a wound to one's feelings; a channel made by cutting or digging; a piece cut off; a near passage by which an angle is cut off; a picture cut or carved on wood or metal; the stamp on which a picture is carved, and by which it is impressed; the impression; the act of dividing a pack of cards; shape in which a thing is cut. To draw cuts, to draw lots, as of paper cut for the purpose.
  135. To separate or cleave as with a knife; to make an incision; to sever; to divide; to hew; to mow; to carve; to wound or affect deeply; to intersect or cross; to castrate.
  136. To sever, as a knife; to lie divided by a knife; to divide by passing through; to perform a surgical operation by cutting, especially in lithotomy; to divide a pack of cards. To cut across, to pass by a shorter course, so as to cut off an angle. To cut asunder, to cut in pieces; to sever. To cat down, to fell by severing. To cut off, to separate one part from another; to extirpate; to put to untimely death; to interrupt; to intercept; to end; to finish. To cut out, to remove by cutting or carving: to contrive or prepare to take the precedence of. To cut out a ship, to enter a harbour, and seize and carry off a ship by a sudden attack. To cut short, to stop by interruption; to shorten; to abridge. To cut up, to cut in pieces; to eradicate; to criticise severely; to affect deeply. To cut one's acquaintance, to meet him in the street or elsewhere, and pretend not to see or recognize him. To cut a caper, to frisk about. To cut a dash, to make a show.
  137. To separate by a cutting instrument; to divide; to sever; to hew, as timber; to penetrate or pierce; to affect deeply; to intersect or cross; to intercept.
  138. A stroke or blow with a sharp instrument; a cleft; a notch; a gash; a channel or ditch made by digging or cutting; a part cut off; a carving or engraving, likewise the print from it; form; shape; fashion.
  139. Divided; carved; intersected.
  140. Divided; pierced; deeply affected: to cut a figure, to show off conspicuously: to cut a joke, to be witty and sociable: to cut down, to reduce; to retrench; to fell, as timber: to cut off, to separate; to destroy; to intercept: to cut up, to divide into pieces: to be cut up, applied to an army in the field that has lost many men in killed and wounded: to cut out, to remove a part; to shape: to cut out a ship, to enter a harbour and seize and carry off a ship by a sudden attack: to cut short, to abridge: to cut one's acquaintance, to refuse or avoid recognising him when meeting or passing each other: to cut a knot, to effect anything by short and strong measures: to cut the cards, to divide a pack into two portions: to cut and dry, or dried, prepared for use: to cut in, to divide; to join in anything suddenly: to draw cuts, to draw lots by means of straws or pieces of paper, & c., cut in pieces of different lengths and held between the forefinger and thumb.
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Quotes of cut

  1. I never want to quit playing ball. They'll have to cut this uniform off of me to get me out of it. – Roy Campanella
  2. Laws protecting the United States flag do not cut away at the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment... Congress made this position clear upon passage of the Flag Protection Act of 1989, which prohibited desecration of the flag. – Larry Craig
  3. After the revolution, it might very well remain necessary to place people where they could not do harm to others. But the one under restraint should be cut off from the rest of society as little as possible. – Barbara Deming
  4. I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments. – Dr. Seuss
  5. People can't imagine an enemy that would cut someone's head off before a video camera and spread it out across the world. But that has happened with the kind of enemy we are now facing. – Kay Bailey Hutchison
  6. I am here to give the American people some straight talk about higher education. Some have said we might have cut financial aid for college students. The truth is we have expanded access to college for our neediest students through the record growth of the Pell grant program. – Ric Keller
  7. Speed Racer is good to cut your teeth on, but if anyone has not seen Akira, go get it. – James Marsters
  8. Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany have detailed plans to cut their greenhouse emissions by 20 to 50 percent. – Donella Meadows
  9. I am an independent film -maker first and foremost. I have always cut my own cloth. – Mira Nair
  10. I have, I think to do a play a year is very good if you can afford the time and the energy because it's difficult to do, it's really the actors medium of course, because you're really out there and nobody's yelling cut so, yeah I have. – David Naughton
  11. We were asked to believe that the variety and the novelty of even the crude films of the early days would provide a means of entertainment which would cut out the stage. – Ivor Novello
  12. And I'd like to give my love to everybody, and let them know that the grass may look greener on the other side, but believe me, it's just as hard to cut – Little Richard
  13. One of the great lessons I've learned in athletics is that you've got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you've got to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to the top. – Bob Richards
  14. My biggest role as director on the film is keeping a sense of the overview- how to cast the movie and shoot it in such a way that it will cut together. And how to design the style and tone. – Jay Roach
  15. That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end. – Ringo Starr

Usage examples for cut

  1. " What else did you cut out? – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  2. How can the power be cut off? – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  3. " Well, then," said Noble, " can I cut in on the next one after that?" – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  4. You're cut off, Charley! – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  5. Jimmie's voice cut in. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  6. We had made a short cut – The School and the World by Victor Gollancz and David Somervell
  7. But Guffey cut him short. – 100%: The Story of a Patriot by Upton Sinclair
  8. Mr. Spokesly ran up and cut him short. – Command by William McFee
  9. Poor Wilson's Bayswater men got cut about, though. – The Napoleon of Notting Hill by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  10. You've drawn Barellan in the Sweep, and I expect a cut out of it. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  11. The word cut into Bettina's heart. – A Manifest Destiny by Julia Magruder
  12. Then they killed 'em and cut 'em up to see what had happened. – Thy Rocks and Rills by Robert Ernest Gilbert
  13. I'd cut off the head of anybody with a face like that. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  14. I'm here, and you'll cut me up." – Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs
  15. So Gwen cut it short. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. If it is, I'll cut out his heart! – The Untamed by Max Brand
  17. One day he and I cut it down. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
  18. He was determined to cut him dead- that he was, and he would have no more to do with him. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  19. I thought you wanted to cut me out. – Walter Sherwood's Probation by Horatio Alger
  20. " Go to the left and cut across the road," he cried, " I'll take the right." – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt

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