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cutting

Definitions

  • 142bth (168K) Cutting and Carrying the Harvest
    142bth (168K) Cutting and Carrying the Harvest
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cutting 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"
    • adj cutting unpleasantly cold and damp "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"
    • adj cutting (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character "cutting remarks","edged satire","a stinging comment"
    • n cutting the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends "the barber gave him a good cut"
    • n cutting the act of diluting something "the cutting of whiskey with water","the thinning of paint with turpentine"
    • n cutting the act of cutting something into parts "his cuts were skillful","his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
    • n cutting the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge "his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"
    • n cutting 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"
    • n cutting removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape
    • n cutting the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
    • n cutting an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine "he searched through piles of letters and clippings"
    • n cutting a piece cut off from the main part of something
    • n cutting a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Cut-off-Saw Cut-off-Saw
Straight Cut Straight Cut
Sliding Cut Sliding Cut
Opening for Drawer Cut Out of Front Rail of Table Opening for Drawer Cut Out of Front Rail of Table
Cut off from rations for three days Cut off from rations for three days
Cut down. Wichita Cut down. Wichita
DEEP CUTTING, FORTY FEET LONG DEEP CUTTING, FORTY FEET LONG
The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe The Step-Sister Cuts off her Toe

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a beaver can cut down two hundred trees a year.
    • Cutting Adapted to cut; as, a cutting tool.
    • Cutting Chilling; penetrating; sharp; as, a cutting wind.
    • Cutting Severe; sarcastic; biting; as, a cutting reply; a cutting remark.
    • Cutting 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.
    • Cutting The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears
    • cutting Penetrating or dividing by a cut, as of an edged tool; serving to penetrate or divide; sharp.
    • cutting 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.
    • cutting Thieving; swaggering; bullying.
    • n cutting A piece cut off; a slip; a slice; a clipping. Specifically— A small shoot or branch cut from a plant and placed in the earth, or in sand, etc., to root and form a new plant.
    • n cutting A section; a thin slice used for microscopical purposes.
    • n cutting A slip cut from a newspaper or other print containing a paragraph or an article which one wishes to use or preserve.
    • n cutting An excavation made through a hill or rising ground, in constructing a road, railway, canal, etc.: the opposite of a filling.
    • n cutting The action of a horse when he strikes the inner and lower part of the fetlock-joint with the opposite hoof while traveling.
    • n cutting A caper; a curvet.
    • n cutting In coal-mining, work done in mining or getting coal so that it may be broken down. The holing or undercutting is parallel with the stratification and at the bottom of the mass; the cutting is at right angles to this, and the effect of the two operations is to isolate a certain quantity of coal, which is afterward broken down by powder or wedges. Sometimes called carving.
    • n cutting plural The refuse obtained from the sieve of a hutch.
    • n cutting plural Bruised groats, or oats prepared for gruel, porridge, etc.
    • n cutting See the extract.
    • n cutting 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 cutting An area upon which the entire stand has been cut.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One beaver can cut down as many as 216 trees per year.
    • Cutting a dividing or lopping off: an incision: a piece cut off: a paragraph from a newspaper: a piece of road or railway excavated: a twig
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
    James%20Russell%20Lowell
    “Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Cut your losses and let your profits run.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Changes start occurring when budgets are cut.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Measure three times before you cut once.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    Thomas%20Kempis
    “Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.”
  • Yogi Berra
    Yogi%20Berra
    “Yogi ordered a pizza. The waitress asked How many pieces do you want your pie cut? Yogi responded, Four. I don't think I could eat eight.”

Idioms

A slice off a cut loaf is never missed - Used colloquially to describe having sexual intercourse with someone who is not a virgin, especially when they are in a relationship. The analogy refers to a loaf of bread; it is not readily apparent, once the end has been removed, exactly how many slices have been taken.('You never miss a slice from a cut loaf' is also used.)
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Cut a dash - If someone cuts a dash, their clothes and appearance makes an impression on people.
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Cut a long story short - This idiom is used as a way of shortening a story by getting to to the end or the point.
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Cut a rug - To cut a rug is to dance.
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Cut above - If a person is described as a cut above other people, they are better in some way.
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Cut and dried - If something is cut and dried, then everything has already been decided and, in the case of an opinion, might be a little stale and predictable.
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Cut and run - If people cut and run, they take what they can get and leave before they lose everything.
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Cut corners - If people try to do something as cheaply or as quickly as possible, often sacrificing quality, they are cutting corners.
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Cut down the tall poppies - (AU) If people cut down the tall poppies, they criticise people who stand out from the crowd.
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Cut from the same cloth - If people are cut from the same cloth, they are very similar in terms of ideas, opinions, beliefs, etc.
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Cut it fine - If you cut it fine, you only just manage to do something- at the very last moment. 'Cut things fine' is the same. 'Cut it a bit fine' is a common variation.
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Cut off your nose to spite your face - If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.
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Cut someone some slack - To relax a rule or make an allowance, as in allowing someone more time to finish something.
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Cut the Gordian knot - If someone cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way.
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Cut the mustard - If somebody or something doesn't cut the mustard, they fail or it fails to reach the required standard.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. cwtau, shorten.

Usage

In literature:

The fourth course consisted of fat and tender cuts of buffalo meat.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Brown in the butter a medium sized onion, cut in thin slices.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
This he split and cut into lengths suitable for the stove.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
If standard pipe is being cut, a file is generally resorted to for cutting the groove.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Now, you cut straight down at my head, just as if you were going to cut me in two pieces.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
His object was to cut the thong with his bullet.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Run quick and tell the operator there has been a landslip in the big cutting just beyond the river!
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
Roll out in a sheet, cut in four pieces, place one upon the other, roll again, cut in four pieces again.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Cut cucumber cut from boats in small pieces and add one and one-half olives finely chopped.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
After any introduction (except the one just mentioned) never give the cut direct save for very good cause.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The piston head is cut to shape from a piece of 3/16-inch sheet brass, or it can be cut from a piece of 3/4-inch round brass with a hacksaw.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
He cut the post and, with numbed and clumsy hands, joined the wire, but it must now be raised from the ground.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Captain Dan had his work cut out for him as well as I had mine.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Plant and grow successfully six kinds of vegetables or flowers from seeds or cuttings.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Various gauges are used, as marks cut in the working table, a stick of the required length, or a cutting-box.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Cut out watersprouts; but never cut off a limb without good reason.
"The Apple" by Various
Boil eight eggs hard; shell them, and cut a thin slice off the bottom of each, cut each into four lengthwise.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
With the ax cut the shoulder from the middling, making the cut straight across near the elbow joint.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton
Then David marched up and drew the giant's great sword out of its sheath and cut off his head.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Any growth not required should be cut away in winter.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
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In poetry:

We miss him on the summer path
The lonely summer day,
Where mowers cut the pleasant swath
And maidens make the hay.
"The Poet's Death" by John Clare
Slash on, O Hercules! You may.
Your task's, at best, a Hydra-fray;
And though you cut, not less will grow
More Poets yet!
"More Poets Yet!" by Henry Austin Dobson
CARELESSLY over the plain away,
Where by the boldest man no path
Cut before thee thou canst discern,
Make for thyself a path!
"Courage" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A sound of cutting hoofs that mar and smite
The turf; a long deep roar,
As if a muffled ocean smote by night
Upon an unseen shore!
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
They saw him makin' for the moss—
Wow, but he ran wi' speed;
They fired, an' cut the siller saughs,
That tremil't ower his head.
"Ballad of The New Monkland Martyr" by Janet Hamilton
The bird that wings its airy path,
The fish that cuts the flood,
The creeping crowd that swarms beneath,
Thy Husband made for good.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Drought has devastated much of America`s corn fields, but in North Dakota, where it has also been dry this summer, farmers are beginning to cut a crop that`s a cut above expectations.
ATLANTA — Gov Nathan Deal wants to cut taxes to stimulate growth, but the $19.2 billion budget plan he presented Wednesday does not account for the tax cuts.
The government shouldn't cut programs, they should cut administrative salaries instead.
After the congressional super-committee failed to cut more than $1 trillion from the federal deficit, the debate centered on drastic spending cuts that could hurt the nation's poor and elderly.
Division reports that existing core cutting equipment now may be retrofitted with its Automated Core Cutting System.
But soon the military base could be facing some big cut backs after potential budget cuts kick in.
EskoArtwork has announced i-cut Automate, built on Esko's Automation Engine, the latest addition to i-cut Suite.
A first cut implies that the US would need nearly $3 of spending cuts for each $1 to bring the budget towards balance .
Cut white perch is a good bait, but most fresh cut fish will work.
Black Hawk maker cuts jobs as contractors, lawmakers fret over defense cuts.
The anticipated cuts to bonuses for the largest US bank comes as a slew of Wall Street firms have cut costs, including through lower compensation and job cuts.
FedEx has rolled out a new cost cutting measure that includes $1.6 billion in cuts and buyouts to boost profitability of the FedEx Express division.
Next, separate the legs and cut between the breast and legs, then cut skin off.
Overall, the Tax Policy Center estimates that relative to current law (that is, where all the 2001-2010 tax cuts expire), the Senate Democrat's bill would cut taxes by an average of about $1,000 in 2013.
At a BladeSports International cutting competition in Ellensburg, Wash. BladeSports Explains the Vertical Straw Cut .
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In science:

Let K subsume not only the graph but also the edge parities, so that it is an instance of the generalized (cut/uncut) max cut problem.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
The exponent α describing the asymptotic low energy behavior of the renormalized exchange distribution as a function of the scale dependent cut-off. b) Fraction of active spins as a function of the cut-off.
Spin-3/2 random quantum antiferromagnetic chains
Most of these candidates were in the NE field, and we used only broad color cuts, no morphology cuts, and a magnitude limit of V < 20.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
This time, we implemented a cut on normalized sharpness and FWHM, combined with a weak cut on color.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
As noted earlier, the reverse shock emission cuts off above a certain frequency νcut once all of the GRB ejecta have been shocked.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
As already recalled, at finite N the degree distribution is cut and the cut-off scales like √N .
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
At time τ1 sample the first cut point uniformly along the tree Tτ1−, prune off the piece of Tτ1− that is above the cut point (that is, prune off the interval of points that are further away from the root t than the first cut point). • Re-graft the pruned segment such that its cut end and the root are glued together.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
At time τn, the nth cut point is sampled randomly along the edges of the n-tree, Tτn−, and the subtree above the cut point (that is the subtree of points further away from the root than the cut point) is pruned off and re-grafted so that its cut end and the root are glued together.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
It will be convenient for establishing features of the process X such as the strong Markov property to introduce randomness later and work initially in a setting where the cut times and cut points are fixed.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
If ξ is a cut-point of Y at some cut-time τ, then the corresponding cut-point for Y ′ will be ψ(ξ ).
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
Consider a cut-time τ such that the corresponding cut-point ξ is in Yτ − \ Bτ − .
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
According to the root growth with re-grafting dynamics, Rt grows deterministically with unit speed between cut-time τ for which the corresponding cut-point falls on the arc [τ, x].
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
The cut-off radius Rcut of the disk is set by the following criterion: the matter within the thin disk formed by the cut-off radius is more than 90% of the total energy density of the infinite disk.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
Namely, in each such a cutting plane we have three types of rhombus and the rhombus inequalities require the sum at the vertices on the rhombus diagonal lying on a cutting plane exceed the values at the another diagonal.
A simple proof of associativity and commutativity of LR-coefficients (or the hive ring)
To prove ext(set(a, d, α)), first observe that for β ∈ \set(a, d, α) \ {α} preda (β ) = predset(a,d,α) (β ) since there is a δ ∈ d such that β ∈ \cut(a, δ) and preda (β ) ⊂ \cut(a, δ).
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
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