Definition of cutter in US English:



  • 1A person or thing that cuts something.

    • ‘The dredger employs huge cutters, each of them armed with special teeth that are replaced when their work has ground them down to mere stubs then re-moved and sold for scrap metal.’
    • ‘In 2000, meat cutters in a Jacksonville, Texas store voted to organize and shortly after that the company announced it was closing the department.’
    • ‘Her face was furrowed with impatience, and she looked, then, almost my own age, middle twenties, instead of like a full-time high-school cutter of classes.’
    • ‘Launched in 1997, the silviculture operation comprises four full-time manual cutters and brush saw operators as well as a legion of summer-time planters.’
    • ‘‘They held a meeting and said there was nothing we could do,’ recalls Dotty Jones, a former meat cutter in Jacksonville.’
    • ‘This practice eliminated the need to transport and lift large heavy carcasses and reduced the demand for skilled meat cutters at the retail level.’
    • ‘I think of myself more as a collagist, as a kind of cutter.’
    • ‘These shears were given to me by head cutter, Mr. Hallberry on his retirement, after forty years with Anderson & Sheppard.’
    • ‘I'd never met another cutter before, and I liked that it was so easy to talk to him because he understood what I was going through.’
    • ‘Under the terms of the draft agreement, the growers commit themselves to installing scales to more accurately determine the cutters' share.’
    • ‘A head gas cutter tells of the time he made a mistake on the job and cut the metal rafter he was sitting on.’
    • ‘Nearly every chain grocery store still employs actual meat cutters with knowledge and skill.’
    1. 1.1often with adjective or noun modifier A tool for cutting something, especially one intended for cutting a particular thing or for producing a particular shape.
      ‘a glass cutter’
      ‘a pair of bolt cutters’
      • ‘This tool completed his series of knife and fork corn cutters for table use with one for higher volume use.’
      • ‘The police did not arrive, so the team broke the lock with its three foot hydraulic cutter.’
      • ‘The Porter's bolt cutters had weary old blades that came about 2 mm short of meeting in the middle - making it impossible to completely slice the cable core of my lock.’
      • ‘These are not common twist drills but rather single-flute cutters with a channel down the side.’
      • ‘Using the art as inspiration, I carved stars, moon and other shapes out of white mat scraps using a hand-held cutter and a straight-edge.’
      • ‘Thereafter, the pump operates a downhole motor to rotate the cutting tool while the cutters are actuated.’
      • ‘A bright crisp curse of the four letter variety, distracted Janey, from her pleasant thoughts about the Chancellor of the Exchequer and a pair of bolt cutters.’
      • ‘The weak link in the system was the poor security screening on US domestic flights, which allowed the terrorists, with their concealed knives and bolt cutters, on the planes.’
      • ‘They do heavy work with power tools, such as gas-powered brush cutters and chain saws, that are too dangerous to put into the hands of elementary-school students.’
      • ‘Our driver got out of the truck with a pair of bolt cutters and cut through live powerlines so other tankers could get through to put out the fire further down the street.’
      • ‘Diagonal cutters have two cutting edges set diagonally from the joint or handle.’
      • ‘Using a heart-shaped cutter you could stamp out shapes.’
      • ‘A computerized mat cutter makes cutting these thick boards a much simpler operation.’
      • ‘Most of the school's walls were covered in scribbles and the culprits also used cutters to leave etching marks on a lot of windows.’
      • ‘Some of the basic tools - such as cutters, pounders, levers, containers, and weapons such as projectiles - are universal.’
      • ‘But screwdrivers and bolt cutters can also be burglary tools if they are used with the intent to commit a crime.’
      • ‘A moped was also recovered from the scene, together with several tools including three disc cutters, welders, generators and engines.’
      • ‘Transfer the crepes to a cutting board and, using a 4-inch round cutter, cut out 18 circles.’
      • ‘The cutting insert is especially suited for use in solid drills or double-bit cutters.’
      • ‘Moreover, the occupants of the truck dumped five plastic bags full of clothes, ski masks, gloves, and a wrapper from a pair of bolt cutters.’
      cutting tool, blade, carver
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    2. 1.2 A person who cuts or edits movies.
      • ‘Film strips hung from the cutter's rack, bits and pieces of Utah, out-takes overexposed and underexposed, masses of impenetrable material.’
      • ‘Let me start by saying that I have a lot respect for Stuart Baird as a cutter and, based on his first film, not his second, as a director.’
      • ‘This movie would be more enjoyable if a cutter edited out all the extraneous clutter.’
    3. 1.3 A person in a tailoring establishment who takes measurements and cuts the cloth.
      • ‘But they are looking for highly skilled machinists, cutters and sewers to satisfy a soaring demand for their 2005/06 collection.’
      • ‘There are two male cutters and one lady, who cut the patterns onto the fabric.’
      • ‘More often they rely on earlier cutters of the cloth.’
      • ‘Then there's the cash for seamstresses, cutters, pattern makers, and salespeople, as well as space to house your operation.’
      • ‘It's quite difficult to get the pattern cutters, the machinists and even the fabric in Scotland.’
      • ‘Great-uncle Mick Mindel, born in 1910, lives in the East End, and leaves school early to work as an apprentice cutter in the tailoring trade.’
    4. 1.4 A person who cuts into their own flesh, especially habitually as a symptom of emotional distress.
      ‘a support group for recovering cutters’
      • ‘I am 13 years old and a cutter. I want to take medication so I can stop cutting, but I don't know how to tell my mom.’
      • ‘Former self-mutilators agree that one of the best things cutters can do is talk about their problems.’
      • ‘I was an actual cutter, it took me 3 years to stop, 3 years to become somewhat comfortable with who I am.’
      • ‘She has been seriously depressed and it is no secret that she is a cutter.’
      • ‘Sure, the internet has made it easier to find fellow cutters.’
      • ‘I hate the way people are now glorifying cutters with the stupid little pictures of bleeding arms and sad little poems on them.’
      • ‘Now we have self injury awareness campaigns, which often describe cutters as a permanently isolated minority, misunderstood by the public and health care professionals alike.’
      • ‘The stereotypical cutter is a girl in her young teens suffering from discord at home and doing poorly at school.’
      • ‘Cutters are often unreceptive to traditional talk therapy.’
      • ‘She was terrified to realize we had seen her arms. She was more frightened by the fact that her secret was out than by the fact that she was a cutter in the first place.’
    5. 1.5 A person who reduces or cuts down on something, especially expenditures.
      ‘a determined cutter of costs’
      • ‘In 1996, he notes, when budget cutters last took aim at shallow draft harbors, the ports came together to create the National Harbor Association.’
  • 2A light, fast coastal patrol boat.

    • ‘Tipped off recently that underground transactions across the Taiwan Strait are rampant, the coast guard sent a cutter to step up patrols over the past days.’
    • ‘Coast Guard maritime security cutters will not be frigates, but these categories of warship do bear more than a casual similarity.’
    • ‘He said he was visiting the oil terminals, coastguard cutters, patrol boats, and larger vessels for morale and ceremonial purposes.’
    • ‘U.S. Coast Guard cutters first try to pull over a mischievous ship by making radio contact with its crew.’
    • ‘Fast patrol boats will patrol the harbour constantly, 24 hours a day, and the coastguard cutters are just outside the harbour.’
    • ‘We know there will be a Coast Guard cutter in the area potentially working with us in TW06.’
    • ‘Procurement of ships sized to meet specific needs, between the capabilities of Coast Guard cutters and multimission Navy destroyers, would be necessary.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard's aging cutters try to keep up with the drug smugglers' state-of-the art go-fast boats.’
    • ‘To do this, the Coast Guard employs an operating force of multi-mission aircraft, cutters, and boats.’
    • ‘Two newly acquired 179-foot Coast Guard cutters lie in anchor at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va.’
    • ‘The coast guard sent three cutters to patrol the northern sea area.’
    • ‘Two hundred Coast Guard small boats and cutters deployed to patrol the harbor that held more than 30,000 spectator vessels and participating ships.’
    • ‘The only Navy left should be a fleet of submarines and a few surface ships on par with Coast Guard cutters.’
    • ‘A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has served on cutters assigned to protect Navy battleships around the world.’
    • ‘There is no uniquely right number of Coast Guard cutters, no unquestionably correct timetable for their replacement, and certainly no unarguably optimal equipment for them.’
    • ‘Their task was to protect local convoys within their areas with Coast Guard cutters, blimps, and whatever other units were allotted them.’
    • ‘Ahead of the convoys were processions of mine sweepers, Coast Guard cutters, buoy-layers and motor launches.’
    • ‘The patrol cutter fired on them and disabled them, then left them for dead.’
    • ‘Though bitterly contested by isolationists, the bill became law in March 1941, and ten US Coastguard cutters were transferred to the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘For some insight, I'd get aboard a Coast Guard cutter or a Naval warship.’
    1. 2.1 A ship's boat used for carrying light stores or passengers.
      • ‘The cutter arrived in the Port of Incheon; a city about 20 miles east of Seoul, June 3.’
      • ‘At 4am the companies transferred to small, ships' cutters, which were towed towards the shore, by steam-powered boats from the warships.’
      • ‘Three boats, including two pilot cutters donated by the RVCP New South Wales branch on behalf of the NSW Maritime Museum, were at the centre of ownership concerns.’
      • ‘The problem was being able to position the camera to get the correct angles from the sailboat to the cutter and vice versa.’
      • ‘This extremely useful weapon was adopted by the Coast Guard in 1962 and first mounted on large cutters serving as weather ships in the Atlantic and Pacific.’
    2. 2.2historical A small fore-and-aft-rigged sailing ship with one mast, more than one headsail, and a running bowsprit, used as a fast auxiliary.
      • ‘The galleons, tea cutters and strange craft that ought to form in my mind's eye are off sailing other waters, and if there are angels up there then their sketching pencils draw nothing but idle lines in the sky.’
      • ‘She's from Port Fairy, Australia, born along with the town in 1810 when the captain of the cutter Fairy took shelter in a verdant inlet made by a river and fell in love with the place.’
      • ‘Lighter vessels ranged upward from the cutter, a single-masted schooner with as little as one cannon on the open deck, or nothing but swivel guns mounted on her railings.’
      • ‘Beneath the surface the green gloom parted to reveal the foggy apparition of the cutter's mast pointing us down towards the wreck.’
    3. 2.3 A yacht with a gaff-rigged mainsail and two foresails.
      • ‘We fished at the local harbour in Granton, Edinburgh, not far from the famous Port of Leith, once a thriving port of call for many large ships and cutters.’
      • ‘The Type 42 destroyer will meet the fleet of massive square riggers, cutters, briganteens and barques when they depart from Southampton in a parade of sail before the start of the Millennium Tall Ships Race.’
      • ‘The series of blasts of violet light slammed into the small cutter, forming a corona that surrounded the ship like a bubble.’
      • ‘In the middle the open water of the fairway is crowded with pinnaces, jolly-boats, cutters, and pleasure steamers.’
      • ‘It was the kind of setting that summons one to do nothing at all, and I was working toward that goal when, around the headland, appeared the silhouette of a small cutter, beating in from the open sea.’
      • ‘The 31 was offered as a sloop or with a double headsail arrangement commonly called a cutter.’
  • 3also cut fastballCricket Baseball
    A fastball that breaks somewhat on being pitched.

    • ‘Inswingers, outswingers, breakbacks, cutters: he could find something useful in any pitch.’
    • ‘The cutter, like the forkball in the 1980s, appeals to pitchers because they don't have to take undue risks to throw it.’
    • ‘His pitches include a fastball, cut fastball, slurve and changeup.’
    • ‘After surviving several confident lbw appeals, Pagnis was undone by Sharma's cutter, as he tentatively pushed at a good-length ball and was rapped on the pads in front of off stump.’
    • ‘He can't finish his pitches, particularly his cutter and changeup, and his fastball is topping out at 85 mph.’
    • ‘He has average velocity and four pitches - fastball, cut fastball, curveball and straight change - and has to throw all for quality strikes.’
    • ‘He's also constantly jamming left-handed batters with his cut fastball and using his 92-mph fastball to get ahead in counts.’
    • ‘His second-best pitch is a cut fastball topping out at 85 mph.’
    • ‘He has good command of three pitches - a quality cutter, a backdoor breaking ball and a hard slider.’
    • ‘Because he does not feature a cut fastball, he must develop a good-quality breaking ball; in a sinkerball pitcher's case, that usually is a slider.’
  • 4North American A light horse-drawn sleigh.