Definition of cutting in English:



  • 1mass noun The action of cutting something.

    ‘the cutting of the cake’
    • ‘As one who thinks that taxes are plenty high enough, on the rich as well as on everyone else, and that budgetary problems should be solved by budget cutting, it's time to go to work.’
    • ‘Just so everyone's clear: the most common forms of female genital cutting are not morally, or physically, analogous to genital piercing.’
    • ‘But Reagan realized immediately that no amount of budget cutting could make up for the shortfall in revenues.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the service, members and guests returned to the headquarters for a traditional Australian BBQ and cutting of a commemorative cake.’
    • ‘Are journalists doing a decent job of cutting through the political fog?’
    • ‘In the foreseeable future, brush cutting might find an ally in high technology.’
    • ‘We don't see many cars in the graveyard, though, and in two years of cutting through on our way elsewhere we have yet to see a funeral in progress or a freshly dug grave.’
    • ‘A closer analogy to communion would be if the symbolic genital cutting was performed on something that wasn't part of anybody's body!’
    • ‘The subsequent reception was held in Minnies, where guests were treated to spare ribs and colcannon, as well as the traditional wedding speeches and the cutting of the cake.’
    • ‘A steady table is a must for the cutting of the cake.’
    • ‘In any case, the Bajrang Dal does not oppose the selling of birthday cards, the cutting of birthday cakes, and birthday bashes, some as ostentatious as weddings.’
    • ‘A special feature of the afternoon was the cutting of the party cake by two of the oldest people in the parish, Mary Mulligan from Ballinakill and Bernie Brennan from Knock.’
    • ‘There is no cutting through the large crowd so you'll just have to sit there and wait until the police comes and breaks it up.’
    • ‘As states embark on their second and third rounds of budget cutting, kids are taking some of the hardest hits.’
    • ‘The country is in danger of failing to meet its goal of cutting that number in half by 2005.’
    • ‘Some suspect it is deliberate, as a way of cutting down on traffic that might endanger security.’
    • ‘I have never come across anything that would suggest a promotion of cutting.’
    • ‘Starting next week, those two hours will be filled with four shows, so there will presumably be some cutting.’
    • ‘It costs money to do so, and it would require an adjustment in the military's end strength (or cutting of personnel from other areas).’
    • ‘Whilst the centre has been operational for a little while, with the blood service running for a few months now, the formal opening was celebrated with a cutting of the cake ceremony.’
  • 2often cuttingsA piece cut off from something, especially what remains when something is being trimmed or prepared.

    ‘grass cuttings’
    • ‘But he pulled his tee shot into the trees, was denied a free drop even though the ball was lying on some grass cuttings and had to take a penalty drop.’
    • ‘He said the three-week cycle should suit most people, particularly over the next month when there are less grass cuttings and other waste for the brown, or organic, bin.’
    • ‘This is why it is such a shame so many of us don't bother, simply chucking out our grass cuttings and hedge clippings with the rest of the household rubbish.’
    • ‘A little ahead was a group of girls who had come prepared with bagfuls of paper cuttings.’
    • ‘Can anyone tell me where a person is expected to dispose of hedge cuttings, grass, etc.’
    • ‘The cuttings in the remaining two treatment combinations received natural daylight and were separated from those receiving extended day length by a permanent shade wall.’
    • ‘We're among those who can't compost our hedge clippings and excess grass cuttings because our back garden is not large enough to accommodate anything more than a minute composting bin.’
    • ‘It's only ever been caldo verde when I've asked, and they like to call it ‘soupe de gazon’ because it does kind of look like there are grass cuttings floating in it.’
    • ‘They will be able to use their wheelie bin for grass cuttings, bark, leaves, hedge trimmings, twigs, small branches, fallen fruit, cut flowers and garden and house plants.’
    • ‘She told him that while cleaning out an attic she had found an old box which, among other things, contained one of Osmond's scrap books of his cuttings from 1950 to 1954 and several sketches.’
    • ‘Grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, prunings, hedge clippings, flowers and plants, uncooked fruit and uncooked vegetables can all be put in the green bin.’
    • ‘However, it was essential that the council facilitate these committees in the disposal of grass cuttings.’
    • ‘The trailer is strictly for grass cuttings only, nothing else.’
    • ‘Remove dried grass cuttings, tree trimmings and weeds from the property’
    • ‘Alternatively, grass cuttings, wood chip and compost can be used.’
    • ‘The waste will consist of garden vegetation, grass and tree cuttings.’
    • ‘This time some of the rubbish is grass and tree cuttings from a garden, which can easily be recycled.’
    • ‘In the interest of keeping our local cemetery neat and tidy you are asked not to discard old or withered wreaths, grass cuttings trimmings in the area.’
    • ‘Instead of filling them up with grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and recyclable glass bottles and tin cans, the argument goes, we will separate those out for recycling so our normal bins won't fill up so quickly.’
    • ‘The root mass of the remaining cuttings was very low and therefore was not included in the sampling.’
    piece, bit, fragment, part
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    1. 2.1British An article or other piece cut from a newspaper or periodical.
      ‘an archive of newspaper cuttings’
      • ‘I included cuttings from newspapers, drafts of my poems and other written work, sketches and small paintings that I had no other home for.’
      • ‘Mixed with newspaper and magazine cuttings of photos and articles about the actress were real photos, taken by Brett or someone he knew, of Carla at various times in her life.’
      • ‘Ever since we first published the book we have been busy compiling a file of local news, newspaper cuttings and potential updates.’
      • ‘The following newspaper cuttings are, in my view, particularly relevant.’
      • ‘And in her front room every inch of wall space was plastered with album covers, clocks, pictures, newspaper cuttings and a large Ziggy Stardust mirror.’
      • ‘I need dates, team names or players names, copies of old fixtures or league tables, trophies, newspaper cuttings, and would like to hear from players from those very early years.’
      • ‘There are occasional placards and newspaper cuttings, too, which would benefit from basic translation for an English-speaking audience.’
      • ‘She suddenly produced a cutting from a newspaper article and slammed it down on the desk in front of Patrick.’
      • ‘There are in the bundles before us many other reports from various organisations, letters to and from the British Embassy and newspaper cuttings all of which helps us to form a reliable picture of what is happening and is likely to happen.’
      • ‘One of her favourite hobbies was collecting cuttings from local newspapers about happenings and events in which her family were involved.’
      • ‘I read the newspaper reports and keep cuttings.’
      • ‘Always try to corroborate with medals, newspaper cuttings and letters.’
      • ‘She drew my attention to a recent wreck dive in the Firth of Forth and enclosed lurid Scottish newspaper cuttings about it.’
      • ‘I show him his ‘girlfriends file’ from the archive, a selection of newspaper cuttings linking him to various women.’
      • ‘When her house was searched last year, a map of his home town plus pictures and newspaper cuttings were found.’
      • ‘Among the items on display will be old photographs, documents, newspaper cuttings, reports and children's work on the history of their school.’
      • ‘The website has gathered together a wealth of archive material including photographs, recordings and newspaper cuttings from key strikes and campaigns.’
      • ‘Sergeant Bentley's family have kept an archive of his possessions and newspaper cuttings.’
      • ‘The videos and newspaper cuttings will be replayed and pored over again and again, the talk after the match will be of those players who made it happen.’
      • ‘Nephew Jack's third letter again had me delving deep into my drawer full of old newspaper cuttings, and after a quick rummage around I found just what I was looking for.’
      clipping, clip, snippet, extract, excerpt
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    2. 2.2 A piece cut from a plant for propagation.
      ‘take cuttings of Christmas cactus and pot them on’
      • ‘Not everyone has enough room or light to accommodate cuttings from favorite tender plants from year to year.’
      • ‘Take several cuttings to allow for a percentage of failure and trim the leaves from the lower half of each cutting.’
      • ‘Alternatively, bring the plant back inside to grow as a houseplant, or root a few cuttings to start new plants indoors over the winter.’
      • ‘The taller plants produced from early cuttings also have a bad habit of losing their lower leaves.’
      • ‘As described above, multiple replicates of host material were made by propagating cuttings of each plant.’
      • ‘Raise new plants from seeds or cuttings, and by layering, and provide support with trellises, pergolas and other structures.’
      • ‘To keep my sorrel patch producing at peak capacity, I start new plants from section cuttings every few years.’
      • ‘For example, many cultivated plants are deliberately propagated asexually by cuttings or grafting, so that one particular variety may be maintained.’
      • ‘Propagating plants from cuttings is even cheaper.’
      • ‘Perennial varieties may be propagated by tip cuttings, layering or division.’
      • ‘Homeowners may have success propagating clematis by cuttings or layering.’
      • ‘Horticulturists at the facility have repeatedly failed to propagate the plant by cuttings or grafts.’
      • ‘There are two different ways to do hardwood cuttings of deciduous plants.’
      • ‘This is that time of year when we take cuttings of our beloved plants.’
      • ‘For the rosarian, this may occur during greenhouse propagation of rose cuttings.’
      • ‘Jostaberries are easily propagated by hardwood stem cuttings.’
      • ‘The usual method of propagation is by leaf cuttings during the spring.’
      • ‘If you like to experiment, you can make your own cuttings from outdoor plants during the summer.’
      • ‘You can start some herbs, such as thyme, mint and rosemary, from cuttings or from young plants you buy at a florist or greenhouse.’
      • ‘About six weeks before the last frost you can take cuttings from the plants.’
      scion, slip
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  • 3British An open passage excavated through higher ground for a railway, road, or canal.

    ‘they found the cutting and scrambled down the slope’
    • ‘The arrangements shall be made in respect of all earthworks including excavations whether for pipe trenches, foundations or cuttings.’
    • ‘Also in April, the French exploded mines under the German position held at Hill 60-in fact, a mound created from the rubbish cleared when a railway cutting was made.’
    • ‘He also marvels at the massive viaducts, deep cuttings and the 1,631-yard Thurstonland Tunnel.’
    • ‘These beautiful fish have been found in railway cuttings, brick pits and building sites across Sydney, particularly back in the days when excavations were done mostly by hand.’
    • ‘The A303 road improvement scheme would leave two thirds of the World Heritage Site divided by dual carriageways and deep tunnel cuttings.’
    • ‘The track continues, very flat, between mature woodland and steep cuttings, with open views across the river at intervals.’
    • ‘While the broad gauge may have had some advantages, these were offset by its extra expense - wider tunnels, cuttings, bridges and embankments, and the extra land required.’
    • ‘For some weeks, the Lismore City Council has been upgrading the cutting on Koonorigan Road, Koonorigan.’
    • ‘He said faults could be seen between Gonubie and East London in the road cuttings, ‘but there is no great movement on them’.’
    • ‘The road surface has disintegrated with the volume of heavy construction traffic on it and cuttings in the road put there when services for the project were being connected.’
    • ‘The numerous quarry, drain and road cuttings within the barriers have provided the opportunity to sample the best preserved sections from relatively deep, large-scale outcrops.’
    • ‘As you can see in the photo above there are indeed railway cuttings in the area (these are on the Thameslink line) but there's no actual road bearing their name.’
    • ‘The money, which will be allocated over two years, will also provide viewpoints of canal cuttings and mooring points to encourage people on narrowboats to stop off in Hyndburn.’
    • ‘He also has about 30 cubic meters of shale blocks, carefully moved from harm's way when the road cutting was enlarged in 1999, under shelter in his back garden.’
    • ‘Sample sites are located within recent quarry exposures, drainage and road cuttings.’
    • ‘Vince says the road cuttings on the way up to the Stratford Plateau, show evidence of at least 20 bigger eruptions.’
    • ‘The road cutting would become the most prominent monument within the World Heritage site.’
    • ‘At the Qing Yin power station section, the lower half of the basalt sequence (six flows) is continuously exposed in a river course and adjacent road cuttings.’
    • ‘The lines, characterised by deep cuttings, high embankments, tunnels and viaducts, were known by locomotive crews as the Alpine Route.’
    • ‘Therefore, the response of the mass to a change in loading, for example to a cutting being excavated or a tunnel being driven, may well be determined by the way in which blocks of intact rock move and slide over each other.’
    furrow, channel, trench, trough, canal, gouge, hollow, indentation, rut, gutter, cut, score, fissure, seam
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  • 1Capable of cutting something.

    ‘the cutting blades of the hedge trimmer’
    • ‘The beauty of Japanese blades and their legendary cutting ability has fostered much imitation.’
    • ‘Another strategic find is a pair of brand-new ice skates, someone's Christmas gift via FedEx; he uses the blades as his ax, cutting tool and mirror.’
    • ‘The shape of the knife's handle fits the hand with great comfort, and its recurvate blade offers miles of cutting surface for ample slice.’
    • ‘The dissector incorporates an electrically powered hand piece and single-use, disposable cutting blades and burrs.’
    • ‘Hedge shears, like bypass pruners, also work like scissors; the cutting blade is beveled on the inside edge.’
    • ‘Don't let the small size of these blades fool you, they are serious cutting tools.’
    • ‘The mid-sized and large examples also are marked the on the cutting blade and have just one patent date and no other number.’
    • ‘A central passageway through the shaft transmits drilling fluid to fluid jets positioned near the blades and the cutting elements.’
    • ‘All the cutting blades, including the ones on the various machines, were rusty and would most likely not pass any health inspection, save for one in hell.’
    • ‘He also had a cutting blade on the edge behind the tip to cut the hole, and the steel projection parallel with the spigot shaft was sharpened on its edge to smooth the cut hole as it penetrated the wood.’
    • ‘It will help the customer - and dealers - sharpen any type of cutting blade.’
    • ‘This pattern indicates that a single method of manufacture was used to produce both end scrapers and blades used as cutting tools.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the city last Saturday, a double blade cutting machine and small drill were nicked from a van parked in Ballytruckle.’
    • ‘Keep the cutting blade on the lower side. Cut at a 45 to 60 degree angle.’
    • ‘It has a three-piece, reversible cutting blade to fill the 17-yd. bowl.’
    • ‘As the dust on the rim cuts, diamond dust whirs away from the cutting blade and continually replenishes rim dust.’
    • ‘As wheels move simultaneously and always in the same plane the cutting point of the blade is always at the same point on the table line, regardless of angle.’
    • ‘He remembers putting nails on a railroad track so the train could forge them into flat blades that he could sharpen into some semblance of a cutting implement.’
    • ‘On the scale of such things, a cutting blade doesn't seem any more intrusive into the body that a tattoo needle.’
    • ‘The machining head further comprises a pinion feed driving assembly and a universal cutting blade.’
    1. 1.1 (of a comment) causing emotional pain; hurtful.
      ‘a cutting remark’
      • ‘Sometimes he just couldn't help putting in a cutting remark.’
      • ‘He didn't show anything on his face, but I knew he was groping for a cutting response.’
      • ‘Governments can't long survive these kinds of cutting remarks.’
      • ‘There's a certain kind of supporter who thinks a cutting remark aimed at fans of the winning team will somehow bring them back to earth.’
      • ‘Fill in your own cutting comments; I'm not hitting the broad side of that barn.’
      • ‘He looked like he was about to deliver a cutting reply, but he was interrupted by a loud growling noise.’
      • ‘There are the cutting remarks, the sarcasm, the mockery, the name calling and in some cases cursing.’
      • ‘I like it because of the cutting remarks of the writers.’
      • ‘He's cantankerous, tough and ready with a cutting remark.’
      • ‘It's no longer the quiet voice of a caregiver, but the cutting reprimand of a jailer.’
      • ‘He is to appear as a modern-day Narad, armed with gizmos to spew cutting comments.’
      • ‘I've always been hurt by his response, his lack of enthusiasm, his cutting remarks, and so I've stopped talking to him about my time there.’
      • ‘Then comes a small cutting remark that causes her personal crisis.’
      • ‘Dad has been goading mom all day, making cutting remarks here and there about the Yankees.’
      • ‘I was tempted to yell back from my room, but anything I said would have come out highly muffled and incoherent, although to my mind it would've been a cutting remark yelled at the top of my lungs.’
      • ‘No, it's not a cutting criticism of the trainer but a hopeful pointer to a talented filly, who could be up to making a strong challenge for the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas in a fortnights' time.’
      • ‘It was not a day for the ceremonial cutting of birthday cakes, but there was some cutting criticism of both the farmers and the minister on the airwaves.’
      • ‘First came a cutting comment, then a testy response, and suddenly it was on: La battle royale.’
      • ‘However, viewers may not see her cutting comment as she also gave an alternative answer to allow producers to edit out the remark.’
      • ‘One area the cutting remarks never seem to broach is the safety standards of the vehicles.’
      hurtful, wounding, barbed, pointed, scathing, acerbic, mordant, trenchant, caustic, acid, abrasive, sarcastic, sardonic, snide, spiteful, malicious, mean, nasty, cruel, unkind, vicious, venomous, poisonous, vitriolic
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    2. 1.2 (of the wind) bitterly cold.
      ‘cutting winter winds’
      • ‘I walked towards the mall through the cutting wind.’
      • ‘But, in spite of the bitter cold and the chill cutting wind, they turned their backs on me and stayed firmly in out of doors mode.’
      • ‘When the cold cutting morning winds blow across his face, he remembers a time when he too rode a bicycle almost literally to his death.’
      • ‘It was a sparky, hectic kind of game, divided as games in Fraher Field often are by a cutting wind blowing in from the bay.’
      • ‘There was snow in the gutters and a cutting wind.’
      • ‘The morning was cold and grey, with a cutting east wind.’
      icy, bitterly cold, icy-cold, freezing, arctic, siberian, glacial, bitter, chilling, chilly
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