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Definition cut


From Middle English cutten, kitten, kytten, ketten (“to cut”) (compare Scots kut, kit (“to cut”)), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse *kytja, *kutta, from Proto-Germanic *kutjaną, *kuttaną (“to cut”), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *kwetwą (“meat, flesh”) (compare Old Norse kvett (“meat”)). Akin to Middle Swedish kotta (“to cut or carve with a knife”) (compare dialectal Swedish kåta, kuta (“to cut or chip with a knife”), Swedish kuta, kytti (“a knife”)), Norwegian kutte (“to cut”), Icelandic kuta (“to cut with a knife”), Old Norse kuti (“small knife”), Norwegian kyttel, kytel, kjutul (“pointed slip of wood used to strip bark”).

Or less probably from Old French coutel (“knife”).

Displaced native Middle English snithen (from Old English snīþan; compare German schneiden), which still survives in some dialects as snithe.


cut (third-person singular simple present cuts, present participle cutting, simple past and past participle cut)

  1. (heading, transitive) To incise, to cut into the surface of something.
    1. To perform an incision on, for example with a knife.
    2. To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument.
    3. To form or shape by cutting.
    4. (slang) To wound with a knife.
    5. (intransitive) To engage in self-harm by making cuts in one's own skin.
    6. To deliver a stroke with a whip or like instrument to.
    7. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce.
    8. To castrate or geld.
    9. To interfere, as a horse; to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs.
  2. (intransitive) To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
  3. (transitive, heading, social) To separate, remove, reject or reduce.
    1. To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
    2. To abridge a piece of printed or written work.
    3. To reduce, especially intentionally.
    4. To absent oneself from (a class, an appointment, etc.).
    5. To ignore as a social snub.
  4. (intransitive, film, audio, usually as imperative) To cease recording activities.
  5. (intransitive, film) To make an abrupt transition from one scene or image to another.
  6. (transitive, film) To edit a film by selecting takes from original footage.
  7. (transitive, computing) To remove and place in memory for later use.
  8. (intransitive) To enter a queue in the wrong place.
  9. (intransitive) To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so.
  10. (transitive, cricket) To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  11. (transitive, cricket) To deflect (a bowled ball) to the off, with a chopping movement of the bat.
  12. (intransitive) To change direction suddenly.
  13. (transitive, intransitive) To divide a pack of playing cards into two.
  14. (transitive, slang) To write.
  15. (transitive, slang) To dilute or adulterate something, especially a recreational drug.
  16. (transitive) To exhibit (a quality).
  17. (transitive) To stop or disengage.
  18. (sports) To drive (a ball) to one side, as by (in billiards or croquet) hitting it fine with another ball, or (in tennis) striking it with the racket inclined.
  19. (bodybuilding) To lose body mass after bulking, aiming to keep the additional muscle but lose the fat.
  20. To perform (a dancing movement etc.).


  1. The act of cutting.
  2. The result of cutting.
  3. An opening resulting from cutting; an incision or wound.
  4. A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove.
    1. An artificial navigation as distinguished from a navigable river
  5. A share or portion.
  6. (cricket) A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
  7. (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball.
  8. (sports) In lawn tennis, etc., a slanting stroke causing the ball to spin and bound irregularly; also, the spin thus given to the ball.
  9. (golf) In a strokeplay competition, the early elimination of those players who have not then attained a preannounced score, so that the rest of the competition is less pressed for time and more entertaining for spectators.
  10. (theater) A passage omitted or to be omitted from a play.
  11. (film) A particular version or edit of a film.
  12. (card games) The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards.
  13. (card games) The card obtained by dividing the pack.
  14. The manner or style a garment etc. is fashioned in.
  15. A slab, especially of meat.
  16. (fencing) An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
  17. A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
  18. An unkind act; a cruelty.
  19. A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tapes, CDs, etc.
  20. (archaeology) A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposits were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit.
  21. A haircut.
  22. (graph theory) The partition of a graph’s vertices into two subgroups.
  23. A string of railway cars coupled together.
  24. An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving.
  25. (obsolete) A common workhorse; a gelding.
  26. (slang, dated) The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise.
  27. A skein of yarn.
  28. (slang) That which is used to dilute or adulterate a recreational drug.
  29. (fashion) A notch shaved into an eyebrow.
  30. (bodybuilding) A time period when one tries to lose fat while retaining muscle mass.

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