verb (used with object), cut, cutting.
to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object:
He cut his finger.
to divide with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever; carve:
to cut a rope.
to detach with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; separate from the main body; lop off:
to cut a slice from a loaf of bread.
to hew or saw down; fell:
to cut timber.
to trim by clipping, shearing, paring, or pruning:
to cut hair.
to mow; reap; harvest:
to cut grain.
to abridge or shorten; edit by omitting a part or parts:
to cut a speech.
to repeatedly inflict injury on (oneself) by deliberately cutting the skin, as to cope with stress or negative emotions:
Some teenagers cut themselves to stop their emotional pain.
to lower, reduce, diminish, or curtail (sometimes followed by down):
to cut prices.
to dilute; make less thick:
to cut wine.
That detergent cuts grease effectively.
to intersect; cross:
One line cuts another at right angles.
Informal. to cease; discontinue (often followed by out):
Cut the kidding. Let’s cut out the pretense.
to stop; halt the running of, as a liquid or an engine (often followed by off):
The pilot cut the engines and glided in for a landing. Cut off the hot water.
to dilute or adulterate (a drug) by mixing it with other substances.
to grow (a tooth or teeth) through the gum:
The baby is cutting his teeth.
to type, write, or draw on (a stencil) for mimeographing.
to make or fashion by cutting, as a statue, jewel, or garment.
Glassmaking. to produce a pattern (in glass) by grinding and polishing.
to refuse to recognize socially; shun ostentatiously:
Her friends began to cut her as the season progressed.
to strike sharply, as with a whip.
to absent oneself from:
allowed to cut three classes per semester.
Computers. to remove (selected text, images, etc.) from a file to store in temporary memory until pasted elsewhere.
Compare (def 15), (def 13).
to wound the feelings of severely.
to record a selection on (a phonograph record or tape); make a recording of.
to castrate or geld.
Sports. to hit (a ball) with either the hand or some instrument so as to change its course and often to cause it to spin.
to hollow out; excavate; dig:
to cut a trench.
Cricket. to strike and send off (a ball) in front of the batsman, and parallel to the wicket.
Slang. to be a nonplaying dealer, manager, or supervisor of (a card game, crap game, or other gambling game) in return for a percentage of the money bet or sometimes for a fee.
verb (used without object), cut, cutting.
to penetrate or divide something, as with a sharp-edged instrument; make an incision:
The scissors cut well.
to admit of being cut:
Butter cuts easily.
to repeatedly inflict self-injury by deliberately cutting the skin.
to pass, go, or come, especially in the most direct way (usually followed by across, through, in, etc.):
to cut across an empty lot.
to make a sudden or sharp turn in direction; change direction suddenly; swerve:
We cut to the left to avoid hitting the child.
to strike a person, animal, etc., sharply, as with a whip.
to wound the feelings severely:
His criticism cut deep.
(of the teeth) to grow through the gums.
Computers. to remove selected text, images, etc., from a file for storage in temporary memory until pasted elsewhere.
Compare (def 17), (def 14).
Cards. to cut the cards.
Informal. to leave hastily:
to cut for the hills.
(of a horse) to interfere.
that has been subjected to cutting; divided into pieces by cutting; detached by cutting:
fashioned by cutting; having the surface shaped or ornamented by grinding, polishing, or the like:
reduced by or as if by cutting:
cut whiskey; cut prices.
Botany. incised; cleft.
the act of cutting; a stroke or a blow, as with a knife, whip, etc.
the result of cutting, as an incision, wound, passage, or channel.
a piece cut off:
a cut of a pie.
Informal. a share, especially of earnings or profits:
His agent’s cut is 20 percent.
a haircut, often with a styling.
a reduction in price, salary, etc.
the manner or fashion in which anything is cut:
the cut of a dress.
style; manner; kind:
We need a man of his cut in this firm.
a passage or course straight across or through:
a cut through the woods.
an excision or omission of a part.
a part or quantity of text deleted or omitted.
a quantity cut, especially of lumber.
a refusal to recognize an acquaintance.
an act, speech, etc., that wounds the feelings.
an engraved plate or block of wood used for printing.
a printed picture or illustration.
an absence, as from a school class, at which attendance is required.
Butchering. part of an animal usually cut as one piece.
Cards. a cutting of the cards.
Fencing. a blow with the edge of the blade instead of the tip.
one of several pieces of straw, paper, etc., used in drawing lots.
an individual song, musical piece, or other similar material on a record or tape.
any product of the fractional distillation of petroleum.
cut across, to precede or go beyond considerations of; transcend:
The new tax program cuts across party lines.
a cut above, somewhat superior to another (thing, person, etc.) in some respect:
Her work is a cut above anyone else’s.
cut a caper / figure, to perform a spirited, brief, outlandish dance step, especially as a result of euphoria.
cut a figure,
cut and run,
cut both ways, to have, produce, or result in advantages as well as disadvantages:
This decision will inevitably cut both ways.
cut / chop down to size, to reduce the stature or importance of:
The novelist had a big ego until the critics cut him down to size.
cut it, Informal.
cut it out, Informal. to stop doing something:
That hurts! Cut it out!
cut no ice. (def 25).
cut out for, fitted for; capable of:
He wasn’t cut out for military service.
verb cuts, cutting, cut
to open up or incise (a person or thing) with a sharp edge or instrument; gash
(of a sharp instrument) to penetrate or incise (a person or thing)
to divide or be divided with or as if with a sharp instrument: cut a slice of bread
(intransitive) to use a sharp-edged instrument or an instrument that cuts
(transitive) to trim or prune by or as if by clipping: to cut hair
(transitive) to reap or mow (a crop, grass, etc)
(transitive) to geld or castrate
(transitive) sometimes foll by out. to make, form, or shape by cutting: to cut a suit
(transitive) to hollow or dig out; excavate: to cut a tunnel through the mountain
to strike (an object) sharply
(transitive) (sport) to hit (a ball) with a downward slicing stroke so as to impart spin or cause it to fall short
(cricket) to hit (the ball) to the off side, usually between cover and third man, with a roughly horizontal bat
to hurt or wound the feelings of (a person), esp by malicious speech or action
(transitive) (informal) to refuse to recognize; snub
(transitive) (informal) to absent oneself from (an activity, location, etc), esp without permission or in haste: to cut class
(transitive) to abridge, shorten, or edit by excising a part or parts
(transitive) often foll by down. to lower, reduce, or curtail: to cut losses
(transitive) to dilute or weaken: heroin that was cut with nontoxic elements
(transitive) to dissolve or break up: to cut fat
when intr, foll by across or through. to cross or traverse: the footpath cuts through the field
(intransitive) to make a sharp or sudden change in direction; veer
to grow (teeth) through the gums or (of teeth) to appear through the gums
(films) to edit (film)
(transitive) to switch off (a light, car engine, etc)
(transitive) (of a performer, recording company, etc) to make (a record or tape of a song, concert, performance, etc)
(transitive) to remove (material) from an object by means of a chisel, lathe, etc
(transitive) (of a tool) to bite into (an object)
(intransitive) (of a horse) to injure the leg just above the hoof by a blow from the opposite foot
cut a caper, cut capers
cut both ways
cut a dash, to behave or dress showily or strikingly; make a stylish impression
(informal) cut a person dead, to ignore a person completely
cut a good figure, to appear or behave well
cut a poor figure, to appear or behave badly
(informal) cut and run, to make a rapid escape
(slang) cut it, be successful in doing something
(informal) cut it fine, to allow little margin of time, space, etc
cut corners, to do something in the easiest or shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards: we could finish this project early only if we cut corners
cut loose, to free or become freed from restraint, custody, anchorage, etc
(informal) cut no ice, to fail to make an impression
cut one’s losses, to give up spending time, money, or energy on an unprofitable or unsuccessful activity
(informal) cut one’s teeth on
detached, divided, or separated by cutting
(botany) incised or divided: cut leaves
made, shaped, or fashioned by cutting
reduced or diminished by or as if by cutting: cut prices
gelded or castrated
weakened or diluted
(Brit) a slang word for drunk
(informal) cut and dried, settled or arranged in advance
(Austral & NZ) cut lunch, a sandwich lunch carried from home to work, school, etc
the act of cutting
a stroke or incision made by cutting; gash
a piece or part cut off, esp a section of food cut from the whole: a cut of meat
the edge of anything cut or sliced
a passage, channel, path, etc, cut or hollowed out
an omission or deletion, esp in a text, film, or play
a reduction in price, salary, etc
a decrease in government finance in a particular department or area, usually leading to a reduction of services, staff numbers, etc
short for power cut
(mainly US & Canadian) a quantity of timber cut during a specific time or operation
(informal) a portion or share
(informal) a straw, slip of paper, etc, used in drawing lots
the manner or style in which a thing, esp a garment, is cut; fashion
a direct route; short cut
the US name for block (sense 15)
(sport) the spin of a cut ball
(cricket) a stroke made with the bat in a roughly horizontal position
(films) an immediate transition from one shot to the next, brought about by splicing the two shots together
(informal) an individual piece of music on a record; track
words or an action that hurt another person’s feelings
a refusal to recognize an acquaintance; snub
(informal, mainly US) an unauthorized absence, esp from a school class
(chem) a fraction obtained in distillation, as in oil refining
the metal removed in a single pass of a machine tool
(Brit) a stretch of water, esp a canal
(informal) a cut above, superior (to); better (than)
(golf) make the cut, to better or equal the required score after two rounds in a strokeplay tournament, thus avoiding elimination from the final two rounds
(golf) miss the cut, to achieve a greater score after the first two rounds of a strokeplay tournament than that required to play in the remaining two rounds
late 13c., possibly Scandinavian, from North Germanic *kut- (cf. Swedish dialectal kuta “to cut,” kuta “knife,” Old Norse kuti “knife”), or from Old French couteau “knife.” Replaced Old English ceorfan (see carve (v.)), sniþan, and scieran (see shear). Meaning “to be absent without excuse” is British university slang from 1794. To cut a pack of cards is from 1590s. Related: Cutting.
1520s, “gash, incision,” from cut (v.); meaning “piece cut off” is from 1590s; sense of “a wounding sarcasm” is from 1560s.
v. cut, cut·ting, cuts
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