cut/kʌt/USA pronunciationv.,cut, cut•ting,adj., n. v.
to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object: [~ + object]I cut my face while shaving yesterday.[no object]The axe won't cut anymore.
[~ + object] to divide with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: I cut the birthday cake.
to detach or remove with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; slice off: [~ + object]to cut a slice of bread.[~ + out + object]Cut out a short article from the paper.[~ + object + out]Cut a short article out and hand it in.[~ + object + out + of + object]Cut a short article out of the newspaper.[~ + off + object]The queen yelled, "Cut off her head!''[~ + object + off]Cut her head off!
See cut off below.
to become detached or removed by or as if by a sharp-edged instrument:[no object]The meat is so tender it cuts easily with a fork.
to set (someone or something) free or loose by severing rope, chains, etc.:[~ + object]I cut the prisoner free with my knife.
to saw down; fell: [~ + object]to cut timber.[~ + down + object]to cut down a tree.[~ + object + down]to cut a tree down.
See cut down below.
to trim by clipping, shearing, or pruning:[~ + object]to cut hair.
[~ + object] to mow; reap; harvest: to cut grain.
to reduce the length of; shorten:[~ + object]to cut a speech short.
to lower, reduce, or curtail:[~ + object]to cut prices.
to dissolve:[~ + object]a detergent that cuts grease.
to intersect; cross:[~ + object]The top lines are cut at 90-degree angles by other lines.
to move or cross, esp. in the most direct way:[~ + across/through + object]to cut across an empty lot.
Informal Terms[~ + object]Informal. to cease; stop; discontinue: Cut the kidding.
Aeronautics to halt the running of, such as an engine; stop:[~ + object]When I give you the signal, cut the engine.
See cut off below.
Dentistry to grow (a tooth) through the gum:[~ + object]cutting her baby teeth.
Ceramics[~ + object]
to produce a pattern in (glass) by grinding and polishing:The craftsmen cut some fine crystal.
to make or fashion by cutting, such as a garment.
Education[~ + object] to fail to attend; make oneself absent from: began to cut classes and skip homework.
to wound the feelings (of) :[~ + object] : The way you treated me cut me badly.[no object]His criticisms cut deep.
Gamesto divide (a pack of cards) at random parts, as by removing cards from the top: [~ + object]He cut the deck and fanned the cards on the table.[no object]Whose turn is it to cut?
Show Business[~ + object]
to record a selection on (magnetic tape):cut a new record last week.
to make a recording of (a song, etc.):cut two songs in one session.
[no object] to make a sudden or sharp change in direction; swerve: The runner cut to the left and moved upfield quickly.
cut across,[~ + across + object] to go beyond considerations of; transcend: The new tax program cuts across party lines.
to shorten (something growing) by cutting off the end: [~ + back + object]You'll need to cut back the roses.[~ + object + back]Cut the roses back.
to reduce or discontinue: [~ + back + object]to cut back steel production.[~ + object + back]to cut steel production back to lower levels.[~ + back + on + object]We'll have to cut back on those expensive meals.
Also, cut down on.[~ (+ down) + on + object] to lessen or curtail; decrease: to cut down on snacks.
to destroy, kill, or disable: [~ + down + object]The hurricane cut down everything in its path.[~ + object + down]The machine guns cut the enemy down.
[no object] to move or thrust a vehicle, etc., suddenly between others:His car cut in suddenly in front of mine.
[no object] to interpose; interrupt: She would always cut in with some remark.
Informal Terms[no object] to interrupt a dancing couple in order to dance with one of them:May I cut in, please?
[~ + object + in] to include, such as in a business deal or card game:We'll cut you in for 50% of the profits.
to intercept: [~ + off + object]His brigade cut off the enemy.[~ + object + off]The cavalry cut them off.
to interrupt: [~ + off + object]The shouting cut off the speaker before she could finish.[~ + object + off]They cut her off before she was finished.
to disconnect a phone connection with (someone) suddenly: [~ + off + object]I cut off that salesman and returned to dinner.[~ + object + off]I cut the salesman off.
to stop suddenly; discontinue: [~ + off + object]They cut off funding for the project.[~ + object + off]They cut funding off for next year.
to halt the operation of; turn off: [~ + off + object]They cut off the power.[~ + object + off]They cut the power off.
[~ + object + off] to take away the right (of someone) to inherit; disinherit:His family cut him off without a cent.
[~ + object] to separate; sever. See cut above, (def. 3).
to omit, delete, or remove; excise: [~ + out + object]Cut out a few extra paragraphs here.[~ + object + out]Cut a few paragraphs out.
to form by or as if by cutting: [~ + out + object]She cut out heart-shaped pieces from the red paper.[~ + object + out]She cut a few pages out.
Informal Termsto discontinue; stop: [~ + out + object verb-ing]promised to cut out smoking.[~ + object + out]Now cut that out; you're disturbing me.
[~ + object; usually: be + ~ + out + for + object] to plan; arrange: Your work is cut out for you.
Slang Terms[no object]Slang. to leave suddenly:Let's cut out and go home early.
[no object] (of an engine, etc.) to stop running:Suddenly the engine of the plane just cut out.
to cut into pieces or sections: [~ + up + object]He cut up a few pieces of cheese.[~ + object + up]He cut the cake up and passed it around.
to use a sharp instrument, such as a knife, to injure with wounds: [~ + up + object]Her attacker began to cut up her face.[~ + object + up]began to cut her face up.
Informal Terms[no object]Informal. to play pranks; misbehave:As a kid he was always cutting up in class.
separated or shaped by cutting:cut flowers; a cut diamond.
cut(kut),USA pronunciationv.,cut, cut•ting,adj., n. v.t.
to penetrate with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument or object:He cut his finger.
to divide with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever; carve:to cut a rope.
to detach with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; separate from the main body; lop off:to cut a slice from a loaf of bread.
to hew or saw down; fell:to cut timber.
to trim by clipping, shearing, paring, or pruning:to cut hair.
to mow; reap; harvest:to cut grain.
to abridge or shorten; edit by omitting a part or parts:to cut a speech.
to lower, reduce, diminish, or curtail (sometimes fol. by down):to cut prices.
to dilute; make less thick:to cut wine.
to dissolve:That detergent cuts grease effectively.
to intersect; cross:One line cuts another at right angles.
Informal Termsto cease; discontinue (often fol. by out):Cut the kidding. Let's cut out the pretense.
Aeronauticsto stop; halt the running of, as a liquid or an engine (often fol. by off):The pilot cut the engines and glided in for a landing. Cut off the hot water.
to dilute or adulterate (a drug) by mixing it with other substances.
Dentistryto grow (a tooth or teeth) through the gum:The baby is cutting his teeth.
Printingto type, write, or draw on (a stencil) for mimeographing.
to make or fashion by cutting, as a statue, jewel, or garment.
Ceramics[Glassmaking.]to produce a pattern (in glass) by grinding and polishing.
to refuse to recognize socially; shun ostentatiously:Her friends began to cut her as the season progressed.
to strike sharply, as with a whip.
to absent oneself from:allowed to cut three classes per semester.
Cinema, Show Business[Motion Pictures, Television.]
to stop (a scene or shot being filmed).
to edit (a film).
to wound the feelings of severely.
to divide (a pack of cards) at random into two or more parts, by removing cards from the top.
to take (a card) from a deck.
Show Businessto record a selection on (a phonograph record or tape); make a recording of.
to castrate or geld.
Sportto hit (a ball) with either the hand or some instrument so as to change its course and often to cause it to spin.
to hollow out; excavate; dig:to cut a trench.
Sport[Cricket.]to strike and send off (a ball) in front of the batsman, and parallel to the wicket.
Slang Termsto be a nonplaying dealer, manager, or supervisor of (a card game, crap game, or other gambling game) in return for a percentage of the money bet or sometimes for a fee.
to penetrate or divide something, as with a sharp-edged instrument; make an incision:The scissors cut well.
to admit of being cut:Butter cuts easily.
to pass, go, or come, esp. in the most direct way (usually fol. by across, through, in, etc.):to cut across an empty lot.
Show Business[Motion Pictures, Television.]
to shift suddenly from one shot to another:Cut to the barroom interior.
to stop the action of a scene: used as a command by a director.
to make a sudden or sharp turn in direction; change direction suddenly; swerve:We cut to the left to avoid hitting the child.
to strike a person, animal, etc., sharply, as with a whip.
to wound the feelings severely:His criticism cut deep.
(of the teeth) to grow through the gums.
Games, Education[Cards.]to cut the cards.
Informal Termsto leave hastily:to cut for the hills.
(of a horse) to interfere.
Idiomscut a caper or figure, to perform a spirited, brief, outlandish dance step, esp. as a result of euphoria.
cut across, to precede or go beyond considerations of; transcend:The new tax program cuts across party lines.
Idiomscut a figure:
IdiomsSee cut a caper.
Idiomsto give a certain impression of oneself:He cut a distinguished figure in his tuxedo.
cut and run:
Naval Terms[Naut.]to cut the anchor cable and set sail, as in an emergency.
Naval Termsto leave as hurriedly as possible; flee.
to shorten by cutting off the end.
to curtail or discontinue:Steel production has been cut back in recent months.
to return to an earlier episode or event, as in the plot of a novel.
Sport[Football.]to reverse direction suddenly by moving in the diagonally opposite course.
Idiomscut both ways, to have, produce, or result in advantages as well as disadvantages:This decision will inevitably cut both ways.
Also, cut down on.to lessen; decrease:to cut down on between-meal snacks.
to strike and cause to fall:The first force to attempt an advance was swiftly cut down.
to destroy, kill, or disable:The hurricane cut down everything in its path.
to remodel, remake, or reduce in size, as a garment:She had her old coat cut down to fit her daughter.
Idiomscut or chop down to size, to reduce the stature or importance of:The novelist had a big ego until the critics cut him down to size.
to move or thrust oneself, a vehicle, etc., abruptly between others:A speeding car cut in and nearly caused an accident.
to interpose; interrupt:to cut in with a remark.
Informal Termsto interrupt a dancing couple in order to dance with one of them.
to blend (shortening) into flour by means of a knife.
to achieve or maintain a desired level of performance:The aging football player decided he couldn't cut it any longer and retired.
to be effective or successful; satisfy a need.
cut it out,[Informal.]to stop doing something:That hurts! Cut it out!
Idiomscut no ice. See ice (def. 10).
to stop suddenly; discontinue.
to halt the operation of; turn off.
to shut off or shut out.
to sever; separate.
to omit; delete; excise.
to oust and replace a rival; supplant.
to part an animal from a herd.
to plan; arrange:He has his work cut out for him.
to move out of one's lane of traffic.
Slang TermsAlso, cut on out. to leave suddenly.
Informal Termsto refrain from; stop:to cut out smoking.
(of an engine, machine, etc.) to stop running.
to cut into pieces or sections.
to lacerate; wound.
to distress mentally; injure.
Informal Termsto play pranks; misbehave:They got scolded for cutting up in church.
that has been subjected to cutting; divided into pieces by cutting; detached by cutting:cut flowers.
fashioned by cutting; having the surface shaped or ornamented by grinding, polishing, or the like:cut diamonds.
reduced by or as if by cutting:cut whiskey; cut prices.
Animal Husbandrycastrated; gelded.
Idiomscut out for, fitted for; capable of:He wasn't cut out for military service.
the act of cutting; a stroke or a blow, as with a knife, whip, etc.
the result of cutting, as an incision, wound, passage, or channel.
a piece cut off:a cut of a pie.
Informal Termsa share, esp. of earnings or profits:His agent's cut is 20 percent.
Clothinga haircut, often with a styling.
a reduction in price, salary, etc.
the manner or fashion in which anything is cut:the cut of a dress.
style; manner; kind:We need a man of his cut in this firm.
a passage or course straight across or through:a cut through the woods.
an excision or omission of a part.
a part or quantity of text deleted or omitted.
Buildinga quantity cut, esp. of lumber.
a refusal to recognize an acquaintance.
an act, speech, etc., that wounds the feelings.
an engraved plate or block of wood used for printing.
a printed picture or illustration.
Educationan absence, as from a school class, at which attendance is required.
Food[Butchering.]part of an animal usually cut as one piece.
Games[Cards.]a cutting of the cards.
the act of cutting a ball.
the spin imparted.
[Fencing.]a blow with the edge of the blade instead of the tip.
one of several pieces of straw, paper, etc., used in drawing lots.
Cinema, Show Business[Motion Pictures, Television.]
Show Businessthe instantaneous or gradual transition from one shot or scene to another in an edited film.
an edited version of a film. Cf. rough cut, final cut.
an act or instance of editing a film.
Music and Dancean individual song, musical piece, or other similar material on a record or tape.
Mining, Energyany product of the fractional distillation of petroleum.
Idiomsa cut above, somewhat superior to another (thing, person, etc.) in some respect:Her work is a cut above anyone else's.
1175–1225; Middle English cutten, kytten, kitten, Old English *cyttan; akin to Old Swedish kotta to cut, Old Norse kuti little knife
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gash, slash, slit, lance.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cleave, sunder, bisect. Cut,chop,hack,hew refer to giving a sharp blow or stroke. Cut is a general word for this:to cut the grass.To chop is to cut by giving repeated blows with something sharp, as an ax. To chop and to hew are practically interchangeable, but hew suggests keeping to a definite purpose:to chop or hew down a tree; to hew out a clearing.To hack is to cut or chop roughly and unevenly:to hack off a limb.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abbreviate, curtail.