Definition of cutting in US English:



  • 1The action of someone or something that cuts.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Starting next week, those two hours will be filled with four shows, so there will presumably be some cutting.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the service, members and guests returned to the headquarters for a traditional Australian BBQ and cutting of a commemorative cake.’
    • ‘As states embark on their second and third rounds of budget cutting, kids are taking some of the hardest hits.’
    • ‘In the foreseeable future, brush cutting might find an ally in high technology.’
    • ‘I have never come across anything that would suggest a promotion of cutting.’
    • ‘But Reagan realized immediately that no amount of budget cutting could make up for the shortfall in revenues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just so everyone's clear: the most common forms of female genital cutting are not morally, or physically, analogous to genital piercing.’
    • ‘Are journalists doing a decent job of cutting through the political fog?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 closer analogy to communion would be if the symbolic genital cutting was performed on something that wasn't part of anybody's body!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Some suspect it is deliberate, as a way of cutting down on traffic that might endanger security.’
    • ‘The country is in danger of failing to meet its goal of cutting that number in half by 2005.’
  • 2often cuttingsA piece cut off from something, especially what remains when something is being trimmed or prepared.

    ‘grass cuttings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alternatively, grass cuttings, wood chip and compost can be used.’
    • ‘A little ahead was a group of girls who had come prepared with bagfuls of paper cuttings.’
    • ‘The root mass of the remaining cuttings was very low and therefore was not included in the sampling.’
    • ‘This time some of the rubbish is grass and tree cuttings from a garden, which can easily be recycled.’
    • ‘However, it was essential that the council facilitate these committees in the disposal of grass cuttings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The waste will consist of garden vegetation, grass and tree cuttings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grass cuttings, leaves, twigs, prunings, hedge clippings, flowers and plants, uncooked fruit and uncooked vegetables can all be put in the green bin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remove dried grass cuttings, tree trimmings and weeds from the property’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trailer is strictly for grass cuttings only, nothing else.’
    • ‘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.’
    piece, bit, fragment, part
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    1. 2.1British A clipping from a newspaper or periodical.
      • ‘There are occasional placards and newspaper cuttings, too, which would benefit from basic translation for an English-speaking audience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ever since we first published the book we have been busy compiling a file of local news, newspaper cuttings and potential updates.’
      • ‘I read the newspaper reports and keep cuttings.’
      • ‘I show him his ‘girlfriends file’ from the archive, a selection of newspaper cuttings linking him to various women.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One of her favourite hobbies was collecting cuttings from local newspapers about happenings and events in which her family were involved.’
      • ‘When her house was searched last year, a map of his home town plus pictures and newspaper cuttings were found.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She suddenly produced a cutting from a newspaper article and slammed it down on the desk in front of Patrick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The website has gathered together a wealth of archive material including photographs, recordings and newspaper cuttings from key strikes and campaigns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Among the items on display will be old photographs, documents, newspaper cuttings, reports and children's work on the history of their school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I included cuttings from newspapers, drafts of my poems and other written work, sketches and small paintings that I had no other home for.’
      • ‘Sergeant Bentley's family have kept an archive of his possessions and newspaper cuttings.’
      clipping, clip, snippet, extract, excerpt
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    2. 2.2 A piece cut from a plant for propagation.
      • ‘Perennial varieties may be propagated by tip cuttings, layering or division.’
      • ‘Propagating plants from cuttings is even cheaper.’
      • ‘The taller plants produced from early cuttings also have a bad habit of losing their lower leaves.’
      • ‘If you like to experiment, you can make your own cuttings from outdoor plants during the summer.’
      • ‘For the rosarian, this may occur during greenhouse propagation of rose cuttings.’
      • ‘This is that time of year when we take cuttings of our beloved plants.’
      • ‘There are two different ways to do hardwood cuttings of deciduous plants.’
      • ‘Take several cuttings to allow for a percentage of failure and trim the leaves from the lower half of each cutting.’
      • ‘Horticulturists at the facility have repeatedly failed to propagate the plant by cuttings or grafts.’
      • ‘Jostaberries are easily propagated by hardwood stem cuttings.’
      • ‘About six weeks before the last frost you can take cuttings from the plants.’
      • ‘You can start some herbs, such as thyme, mint and rosemary, from cuttings or from young plants you buy at a florist or greenhouse.’
      • ‘To keep my sorrel patch producing at peak capacity, I start new plants from section cuttings every few years.’
      • ‘Raise new plants from seeds or cuttings, and by layering, and provide support with trellises, pergolas and other structures.’
      • ‘Homeowners may have success propagating clematis by cuttings or layering.’
      • ‘For example, many cultivated plants are deliberately propagated asexually by cuttings or grafting, so that one particular variety may be maintained.’
      • ‘As described above, multiple replicates of host material were made by propagating cuttings of each plant.’
      • ‘The usual method of propagation is by leaf cuttings during the spring.’
      • ‘Not everyone has enough room or light to accommodate cuttings from favorite tender plants from year to year.’
      • ‘Alternatively, bring the plant back inside to grow as a houseplant, or root a few cuttings to start new plants indoors over the winter.’
      scion, slip
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  • 3British An open passage excavated through higher ground for a railroad, road, or canal.

    • ‘He said faults could be seen between Gonubie and East London in the road cuttings, ‘but there is no great movement on them’.’
    • ‘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 arrangements shall be made in respect of all earthworks including excavations whether for pipe trenches, foundations or cuttings.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sample sites are located within recent quarry exposures, drainage and road 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.’
    • ‘For some weeks, the Lismore City Council has been upgrading the cutting on Koonorigan Road, Koonorigan.’
    • ‘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 road cutting would become the most prominent monument within the World Heritage site.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also marvels at the massive viaducts, deep cuttings and the 1,631-yard Thurstonland Tunnel.’
    • ‘The lines, characterised by deep cuttings, high embankments, tunnels and viaducts, were known by locomotive crews as the Alpine Route.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The A303 road improvement scheme would leave two thirds of the World Heritage Site divided by dual carriageways and deep tunnel cuttings.’
    • ‘Vince says the road cuttings on the way up to the Stratford Plateau, show evidence of at least 20 bigger eruptions.’
    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’
    • ‘A central passageway through the shaft transmits drilling fluid to fluid jets positioned near the blades and the cutting elements.’
    • ‘The machining head further comprises a pinion feed driving assembly and a universal cutting blade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't let the small size of these blades fool you, they are serious cutting tools.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the scale of such things, a cutting blade doesn't seem any more intrusive into the body that a tattoo needle.’
    • ‘It will help the customer - and dealers - sharpen any type of cutting blade.’
    • ‘The beauty of Japanese blades and their legendary cutting ability has fostered much imitation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep the cutting blade on the lower side. Cut at a 45 to 60 degree angle.’
    • ‘The dissector incorporates an electrically powered hand piece and single-use, disposable cutting blades and burrs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This pattern indicates that a single method of manufacture was used to produce both end scrapers and blades used as cutting tools.’
    • ‘It has a three-piece, reversible cutting blade to fill the 17-yd. bowl.’
    • ‘The mid-sized and large examples also are marked the on the cutting blade and have just one patent date and no other number.’
    • ‘Hedge shears, like bypass pruners, also work like scissors; the cutting blade is beveled on the inside edge.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the city last Saturday, a double blade cutting machine and small drill were nicked from a van parked in Ballytruckle.’
    • ‘As the dust on the rim cuts, diamond dust whirs away from the cutting blade and continually replenishes rim dust.’
    1. 1.1 (of a comment) causing emotional pain; hurtful.
      ‘a cutting remark’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First came a cutting comment, then a testy response, and suddenly it was on: La battle royale.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I like it because of the cutting remarks of the writers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes he just couldn't help putting in a cutting remark.’
      • ‘He is to appear as a modern-day Narad, armed with gizmos to spew cutting comments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Governments can't long survive these kinds of cutting remarks.’
      • ‘He's cantankerous, tough and ready with a cutting remark.’
      • ‘Then comes a small cutting remark that causes her personal crisis.’
      • ‘Fill in your own cutting comments; I'm not hitting the broad side of that barn.’
      • ‘There are the cutting remarks, the sarcasm, the mockery, the name calling and in some cases cursing.’
      • ‘Dad has been goading mom all day, making cutting remarks here and there about the Yankees.’
      • ‘He didn't show anything on his face, but I knew he was groping for a cutting response.’
      • ‘It's no longer the quiet voice of a caregiver, but the cutting reprimand of a jailer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He looked like he was about to deliver a cutting reply, but he was interrupted by a loud growling noise.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The morning was cold and grey, with a cutting east wind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was snow in the gutters and a cutting wind.’
      icy, bitterly cold, icy-cold, freezing, arctic, siberian, glacial, bitter, chilling, chilly
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