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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, ¬ócut off more than half the talk the men liked to have at sea."