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Definitions of cutting

  1. cutting away parts to create a desired shape
  2. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; " he searched through piles of letters and clippings"
  3. the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends; " the barber gave him a good cut"
  4. the act of cutting something into parts; " his cuts were skillful"; " his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
  5. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; " his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"
  6. the division of a deck of cards before dealing; " his cutting the cards before every deal soon became a ritual"
  7. the act of diluting something; " the cutting of whiskey with water"; " the thinning of paint with turpentine"
  8. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
  9. a piece cut off from the main part of something
  10. suitable for cutting or severing; " a cutting tool"; " the cutting edge"
  11. 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"
  12. The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.
  13. Something cut, cut off, or cut out, as a twig or scion cut off from a stock for the purpose of grafting or of rooting as an independent plant; something cut out of a newspaper; an excavation cut through a hill or elsewhere to make a way for a railroad, canal, etc.; a cut.
  14. Adapted to cut; as, a cutting tool.
  15. Chilling; penetrating; sharp; as, a cutting wind.
  16. Severe; sarcastic; biting; as, a cutting reply.
  17. Dividing by an edged instrument; deeply wounding the feelings; sarcastic; piercing; chilling; sharp; as, a cutting remark.
  18. A piece cut off or from; a slip, as from a plant; an incision.
  19. A dividing or lopping off: an incision: a piece cut off: a twig.
  20. Dividing by an edged instrument; piercing the heart; wounding the feelings; satirical.
  21. A separation or division; a slip; the operation of removing the stone; an excavation through a hill in making a road, canal, & c.
  22. Sarcastic; severe.
  23. An incision; a piece cut off; a portion of a plant for propagation; a long deep excavation, as in making a road, a railway, or a canal.
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Usage examples for cutting

  1. A good many leisure hours were spent in cutting and sewing that shanty, which proved rather a success. – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  2. I'm only cutting my wisdom teeth. – Without a Home by E. P. Roe
  3. She was cutting up his food. – The Other Fellow by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. We can manage with them now that we've finished the cutting out. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  5. At the present time the demand seems greater for cutting than for cigar leaf. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  6. It's a very fine stone, but this old- fashioned cutting does not really do it justice. – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  7. The disappointment, cutting across a deep and real sympathy with the injured man, was sharp and bitter. – The Moon out of Reach by Margaret Pedler
  8. The heart of Virginia was cutting up. – The Firing Line by Robert W. Chambers
  9. Well, said the Duke, in a tone of cutting irony, what new game is this? – Arsene Lupin by Edgar Jepson Maurice Leblanc
  10. Men were at work every where along these slopes, cutting the second crop of grass, and making it into hay. – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  11. It is called " cutting out". – In the Musgrave Ranges by Jim Bushman
  12. There's money in the bank to paper, an' paint, and make any little changes you'd like, such as cutting doors or windows different places, floorin' the kitchen new, or the like. – A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter
  13. 1191, or by cutting it away on one side, as in Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  14. The last were not worth the cutting. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  15. There's no question of cutting, old man; I needn't tell you that- but we must have one of our good talks. – Miss Mapp by Edward Frederic Benson
  16. What good-" " We're cutting their supply line," Bey told him. – Border, Breed Nor Birth by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  17. I caught them cutting my fence, Warden. – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  18. The value of one cutting is 5 pounds per acre. – The Khedive's Country by George Manville Fenn
  19. I'll join you in a throat- cutting act, pal! – Dave Dawson at Casablanca by Robert Sydney Bowen
  20. " Well," he said, " you see it would be cutting loose from one's entire circle." – Godliness by Catherine Booth
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