Definition of cut-off in English:

cut-off

noun

  • 1A point or level which is a designated limit of something:

    ‘2,500 g is the standard cut-off below which infants are categorized as ‘low birthweight’’
    [as modifier] ‘the cut-off date to register is July 2’
    • ‘The particular cut-off that we used was that those babies that stayed beyond a corrective age of 36 weeks gestation tended to be the ones that didn't seem to do so well.’
    • ‘The big Aussie missed the cut-off at Sunningdale by a shot, duplicating his display in the US Open qualifying last month.’
    • ‘Because this EIA was manufactured as a qualitative test, a calibrator and additional control specimens were needed to determine the threshold cut-off and to monitor the assay performance.’
    • ‘The cut-off was determined by dividing the optical density of positive and negative controls.’
    • ‘Boys who scored above the cut-off for any other scale (except conduct disorder) were excluded from the study.’
    • ‘Decide whether you want guns built before the FFL cut-off of 1898.’
    • ‘This cut-off was selected because the receiver operating characteristics of the portable monitor are optimal at this point.’
    • ‘In cases where adult and immature birds exhibited differences in timing, either only one age class was subjected to a date cut-off or separate date cut-offs were chosen for each age class.’
    • ‘Don't take the 12-ounce limit as an absolute cut-off, especially if you're relying on calcium-fortified orange juice as a substitute for milk.’
    • ‘When samples from a particular area have to be processed routinely, it is better to determine the ideal cut-off by carrying out serosurveys and finding out the distribution of titres in the community.’
    isolated, remote, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, in the depths of ..., hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, tucked away, unreachable
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  • 2An act of stopping or interrupting the supply of something:

    ‘a cut-off of aid would be a disaster’
    • ‘Income inequality is wider than in the apartheid era, some 20 million people have experienced water or electricity cut-offs, land remains concentrated in white hands and Aids is claiming around 600 lives a day.’
    • ‘Electricity cut-offs take place much quicker, sometimes within the month that accounts have not been paid, he said.’
    • ‘Trollip said there was a regular non-payment of accounts for hospitals, resulting in electricity cut-offs.’
    • ‘Should the US, Canada and the European Union make good on their threat of an aids cut-off, Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, will be devastated.’
    • ‘They are accused of public violence, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property after a demonstration outside the mayor's house in protest at electricity cut-offs in the city.’
    • ‘British officials say several EU countries have raised the possibility of starting consultations with Zimbabwe as a first step in a possible aid cut-off.’
    • ‘Coun Tarry joked that, in the light of the mass cut-off, residents had dubbed the area, Clifton Without, as ‘Clifton Without gas’.’
    • ‘South African activists have found popular support by responding to the resultant electricity cut-offs with illegal reconnections.’
    • ‘Deeply concerned over power cut-offs to poor parents and lack of social workers, he decides to take a stand against the Communist Party-controlled local council.’
    • ‘In the first five years after the cut-off of Russian aid, the economy contracted by a third.’
    • ‘The most recent cut-off happened on Friday at San Michele, a 13-storey block of flats in Hillbrow, leaving 65 flats without water.’
    • ‘Wear and tear plus pressure on pumps during the repeated cut-offs of the water supply might have brought about impurities, contaminating the water.’
    • ‘You and Steve are the ones responsible for the supply cut-off.’
    • ‘The organisation fights for getting the senior citizens free basic services like water, cancellation of their debts and to stop evictions and water cut-offs.’
    • ‘Rolling power blackouts and heating cut-offs are daily occurrences across vast swathes of Siberia, the far east and central Russia.’
    • ‘I'm not sure about the situation of cut-off for fuel to pressure North Korea - whether that's true, the Chinese government has never - has not you know, confirmed it.’
    • ‘They never had to contend with the problems of clogged sewers, of water and electricity cut-offs, of telephones not working.’
    1. 2.1 A device for producing an interruption in flow of a power or fuel supply:
      ‘the motor has a thermal overload cut-off for safety’
      • ‘The kettle boasts 360 degree rotation, a water level gauge, a removable/washable filter, a neon power indicator and an auto cut-off.’
      • ‘While common in semi-autos, the cut-off is a real innovation in a pump gun and a welcome improvement.’
      • ‘But workers at the factory here wear safety glasses, and the equipment has automatic cutoffs to prevent workers from losing fingers.’
      • ‘Sometimes the vehicle redlines and fuel cut-offs aren't true to life.’
    2. 2.2 A sudden drop in amplification or responsiveness of an electric device at a certain frequency:
      [as modifier] ‘a cut-off frequency of 8 Hz’
      • ‘The system behaves as a wave guide excited far beyond its cut-off frequency mode and therefore only the stray field of the coaxial line-wave guide transition is used in the measurement.’
      • ‘Aldroubi and Gröchenig have developed a new sampling theory that can handle situations where having such a cut-off frequency is undesirable.’
      • ‘For the optical setup used in this study the inverses of the frequency cutoffs are 229 nm laterally and 814 nm axially.’
      • ‘Dynamic behavior such as vibration modes or cut-off frequency of the device under test can be analyzed by the evolution of contrast as the operating frequency increases.’
    3. 2.3[mass noun] The stopping of the supply of steam to the cylinders of a steam engine when the piston has travelled a set percentage of its stroke:
      ‘at the moment of starting, cut-off is about 75 per cent’
      • ‘Consequently, they were worked with a full throttle and the shortest cut-off at which boiler steam pressure and water supply could be maintained.’
  • 3cut-offsShorts made by cutting off the legs of a pair of jeans or other trousers and leaving the edges unhemmed:

    ‘she was wearing frayed cut-offs’
    • ‘For any body type, and in any fabric, shorts falling anywhere between your hip and your knee, schoolboy shorts with or without cuffs, hot pants, knee pants, denim cut-offs - all of 'em are big news right now.’
    • ‘She wore a tank top the color of strawberries and jean cut-offs, and her silver-blond hair was pulled back into a high pony tail.’
    • ‘The phenomenon doesn't have to be explained further so all of you out there who wear the cut-offs, just know what to do - get rid of them.’
    • ‘Growing up, I was quite the tomboy, wearing my hair real short, playing boys' parts in musicals, and swimming in nothing but a pair of cut-offs well past when I should have.’
    • ‘Throwing a red t-shirt on and pulling on a pair of denim cut-offs, she hopped out of her room.’
    • ‘I gestured to one cover which featured a blond beefcake whose little jean cut-offs were in grave danger of falling off.’
    • ‘So out came the red tops, shirts, shoes, underwear and there in the back of the wardrobe, hidden from sight to avoid upset, was this gorgeous pair of red cut-offs that had to be abandoned due to love handles and a bulging posterior last year.’
    • ‘Wearing cut-offs, a baseball cap and sneakers, Shannon appears in profile, walking along a stream, carrying his fishing rod.’
    • ‘Dressed in a long t-shirt and a pair of cut-offs, she was a vision of beauty.’
    • ‘Look how cute she is, in her cut-offs and over-sized sweat-shirt.’
    • ‘I was committed to my plan out of sheer stubbornness if not near-poverty, and once I changed into some cutoffs and got on a southbound bus to Tulum, I was feeling much better.’
    • ‘Within a moment, Chris opened the door, wearing a pair of faded jean cut-offs and a green tee shirt.’
    • ‘She was soaked down, the lines of a bathing suit showing through the old black t-shirt she was wearing with a pair of cargo cut-offs and black Chucks.’
    • ‘Lots of the newcomers in the café would look with distaste at the round man in his greasy blue coveralls and black hands, and the laughter of the children in their tee shirts and faded, frayed cut-offs was a bothersome noise to them.’
    • ‘She wore cut-offs and a man's denim shirt knotted below her breasts.’
    • ‘Just as my aunt was reaching out to the officer, about to wave her hand and say something - I don't know what - a woman wearing a red halter top and black cut-offs came forward.’
    • ‘The local live coverage should focus on that guy running in high-tops and a pair of cut-offs.’
    • ‘She put on a black tank top and a pair of black jean cut-offs.’
    • ‘The smiling woman was dressed casually in a pair of denim cut-offs and a simple baby blue tank top, her chestnut hair tied up in a pony tail.’
    • ‘Towering over her by just under a foot, he glared down at the determined woman in blue jean cut-offs and T-shirt standing in front of him.’
  • 4North American A short cut.

    • ‘At Obico a cut-off was built to Canpa in 1910 as a short cut to reach the Joint Section which would allow freight trains to and from Hamilton a direct route to Lambton Yard.’

Pronunciation:

cut-off

/ˈkʌtɒf/