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Definition of "cut" []

  • To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: cut cloth with scissors. (verb-transitive)
  • To sever the edges or ends of; shorten: cut one's hair. (verb-transitive)
  • To mow, reap, or harvest: cut grain; cut grass. (verb-transitive)
  • To fell by sawing; hew. (verb-transitive)
  • To open up or incise (a person or thing) with a sharp edge or instrument; gash (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a sharp instrument) to penetrate or incise (a person or thing) (verb)
  • To divide or be divided with or as if with a sharp instrument (verb)
  • To use a sharp-edged instrument or an instrument that cuts (verb)
  • To trim or prune by or as if by clipping (verb)
  • To reap or mow (a crop, grass, etc) (verb)
  • To geld or castrate (verb)
  • To make, form, or shape by cutting (verb)
  • To hollow or dig out; excavate (verb)
  • To strike (an object) sharply (verb)
  • To hit (a ball) with a downward slicing stroke so as to impart spin or cause it to fall short (verb)
  • To hit (the ball) to the off side, usually between cover and third man, with a roughly horizontal bat (verb)
  • To hurt or wound the feelings of (a person), esp by malicious speech or action (verb)
  • To refuse to recognize; snub (verb)
  • To absent oneself from (an activity, location, etc), esp without permission or in haste (verb)
  • To abridge, shorten, or edit by excising a part or parts (verb)
  • To lower, reduce, or curtail (verb)
  • To dilute or weaken (verb)
  • To dissolve or break up (verb)
  • To cross or traverse (verb)
  • To make a sharp or sudden change in direction; veer (verb)
  • To grow (teeth) through the gums or (of teeth) to appear through the gums (verb)
  • To call a halt to a shooting sequence (verb)
  • To move quickly to another scene (verb)
  • To edit (film) (verb)
  • To switch off (a light, car engine, etc) (verb)
  • (of a performer, recording company, etc) to make (a record or tape of a song, concert, performance, etc) (verb)
  • To divide (the pack) at random into two parts after shuffling (verb)
  • To pick cards from a spread pack to decide dealer, partners, etc (verb)
  • To remove (material) from an object by means of a chisel, lathe, etc (verb)
  • (of a tool) to bite into (an object) (verb)
  • (of a horse) to injure the leg just above the hoof by a blow from the opposite foot (verb)
  • Detached, divided, or separated by cutting (adjective)
  • Incised or divided (adjective)
  • Made, shaped, or fashioned by cutting (adjective)
  • Reduced or diminished by or as if by cutting (adjective)
  • Gelded or castrated (adjective)
  • Weakened or diluted (adjective)
  • Hurt; resentful (adjective)
  • The act of cutting (noun)
  • A stroke or incision made by cutting; gash (noun)
  • A piece or part cut off, esp a section of food cut from the whole (noun)
  • The edge of anything cut or sliced (noun)
  • A passage, channel, path, etc, cut or hollowed out (noun)
  • An omission or deletion, esp in a text, film, or play (noun)
  • A reduction in price, salary, etc (noun)
  • A decrease in government finance in a particular department or area, usually leading to a reduction of services, staff numbers, etc (noun)
  • A quantity of timber cut during a specific time or operation (noun)
  • A portion or share (noun)
  • A straw, slip of paper, etc, used in drawing lots (noun)
  • The manner or style in which a thing, esp a garment, is cut; fashion (noun)
  • A person's general appearance (noun)
  • A dirty or untidy condition (noun)
  • A direct route; short cut (noun)
  • The spin of a cut ball (noun)
  • A stroke made with the bat in a roughly horizontal position (noun)
  • An immediate transition from one shot to the next, brought about by splicing the two shots together (noun)
  • An individual piece of music on a record; track (noun)
  • Words or an action that hurt another person's feelings (noun)
  • A refusal to recognize an acquaintance; snub (noun)
  • An unauthorized absence, esp from a school class (noun)
  • A fraction obtained in distillation, as in oil refining (noun)
  • The metal removed in a single pass of a machine tool (noun)
  • The shape of the teeth of a file (noun)
  • Their coarseness or fineness (noun)
  • A stretch of water, esp a canal (noun)

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Use "cut" in a sentence
  • "The only remaining type of cutting that is in very general use is the _step cut_ (sometimes known as trap cut)."
  • ""Fifty dollars reward, for the negro Jim Blake -- has a _piece cut out of each ear_, and the middle finger of the left hand _cut off_ to the second joint.""
  • "No mess liked to have him permanently because his presence cut off all talk of home or of the prospect of return, of politics or letters, of peace or of war, —cut off more than half the talk the men liked to have at sea."