from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing: a cutting tool.
  • adj. Sharply penetrating; piercing: a cutting wind.
  • adj. Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings of others: a cutting remark. See Synonyms at incisive.
  • n. A part cut off from a main body.
  • n. A part, such as a stem, leaf, or root, removed from a plant to propagate a new plant, as through rooting or grafting.
  • n. An excavation made through high ground in a construction project.
  • n. The editing of film or recording tape.
  • n. Chiefly British A clipping, as from a newspaper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of cut.
  • n. The action of the verb to cut.
  • n. A section removed from the larger whole.
  • n. A newspaper clipping.
  • n. A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.
  • n. An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.
  • n. The editing of film or other recordings.
  • n. Self-harm; the act of cutting one's own skin.
  • n. A narrow passage, dug for a road, railway or canal to go through.
  • adj. That is used for cutting.
  • adj. Of remarks, criticism, etc., potentially hurtful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Adapted to cut.
  • adj. Chilling; penetrating; sharp.
  • adj. Severe; sarcastic; biting.
  • n. The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.
  • n. Something cut, cut off, or cut out, as a twig or scion cut off from a stock for the purpose of grafting or of rooting as an independent plant; something cut out of a newspaper; an excavation cut through a hill or elsewhere to make a way for a railroad, canal, etc.; a cut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Penetrating or dividing by a cut, as of an edged tool; serving to penetrate or divide; sharp.
  • 2. Wounding or deeply affecting the feelings, as with pain, shame, etc.; satirical; severe: applied to persons or things: as, he was very cutting; a cutting remark.
  • Thieving; swaggering; bullying.
  • n. A piece cut off; a slip; a slice; a clipping.
  • n. A section; a thin slice used for microscopical purposes.
  • n. A slip cut from a newspaper or other print containing a paragraph or an article which one wishes to use or preserve.
  • n. An excavation made through a hill or rising ground, in constructing a road, railway, canal, etc.: the opposite of a filling.
  • n. The action of a horse when he strikes the inner and lower part of the fetlock-joint with the opposite hoof while traveling.
  • n. A caper; a curvet.
  • n. In coal-mining, work done in mining or getting coal so that it may be broken down.
  • n. plural The refuse obtained from the sieve of a hutch.
  • n. plural Bruised groats, or oats prepared for gruel, porridge, etc.
  • n. See the extract.
  • n. A process in bookbinding. After gluing, rounding, and backing, the edges are cut in a special machine. Cutting is one of the secondary processes included in the general term forwarding. See forwarding, n., 2.
  • n. An area upon which the entire stand has been cut.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
  • n. the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
  • n. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
  • n. the division of a deck of cards before dealing
  • n. the act of cutting something into parts
  • n. the act of diluting something
  • adj. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
  • n. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
  • n. removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
  • n. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
  • n. a piece cut off from the main part of something
  • adj. unpleasantly cold and damp
  • adj. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character


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  • "The journey piobaireachd'>into piobaireachd starts with a series of simple gracenotes called 'cuttings', made by raising and lowering a finger smartly while another note is being sounded. Cuttings are the commonest piping gracenotes and they do two jobs: (a) they add varying force of emphasis to a note—important because the piper does not have other ways of doing this, such as playing more loudly or softly ... and (b) they separate two or more notes at the same pitch—a characteristic blend of elegance and usefulness, so often found in piping."

    —William Donaldson, Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music of the Highland Bagpipe (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005),10

    July 27, 2008