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Definition of 'cutting'

See also: cut 


  1. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
       Synonyms: film editing
  2. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
       Synonyms: slip
  3. the act of cutting something into parts; "his cuts were skillful"; "his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
       Synonyms: cut
  4. a piece cut off from the main part of something
  5. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; "he searched through piles of letters and clippings"
       Synonyms: clipping newspaper clipping press clipping press cutting
  6. removing parts to create a desired shape
       Synonyms: carving
  7. the division of a deck of cards before dealing; "he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal"; "the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual"
       Synonyms: cut
  8. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; "his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"
       Synonyms: cut
  9. the act of diluting something; "the cutting of whiskey with water"; "the thinning of paint with turpentine"
       Synonyms: thinning
  10. the act of shortening something by choping off the ends; "the barber gave him a good cut"
       Synonyms: cut cutting off


  1. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment"
       Synonyms: edged stinging
  2. unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"
       Synonyms: bleak raw
  3. as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind"; "keen winds"; "knifelike cold"; "piercing knifelike pains"; "piercing cold"; "piercing criticism"; "a stabbing pain"; "lancinating pain"
       Synonyms: keen knifelike piercing stabbing lancinate lancinating
  4. suitable for cutting or severing; "a cutting tool"; "the cutting edge"

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