Definition of cutaway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkədəˌwā/


[often as modifier]
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1A coat or jacket with the front cut away below the waist so as to curve back to the tails.
Example sentences
  • Gavin Lawrence as the Interlocutor in The Last Minstrel Show is sleek, sly, and not at all reassuring in his oversized cutaway coat, pin-striped pants, white spats, and Cheshire grin.
  • You can also choose a cutaway jacket, which is usually worn with a morning suit or a standard tuxedo.
  • If wearing a cutaway suit or stroller (semi-formal suit jacket), wear black pants without the satin stripe going down the sides, or even gray or gray and black pinstriped pants.
2A diagram or drawing with some external parts left out to reveal the interior.
Example sentences
  • As a ten-year-old, he remembers seeing a book with cutaway diagrams of the earth, and wondering, ‘how do they know that?’
  • All my life I've pored over books, studying cutaway diagrams, hungry to understand how things worked.
  • The cornerstone of any Salamander book, however, is the illustrations - both the pictures of aircraft types and the excellent cutaway drawings.
3A shot in a movie that is of a different subject from those to which it is joined in editing.
Example sentences
  • The cast performs the majority of their own stunts, resulting in some long and impressive fight scenes with few cutaways.
  • The segues and cutaways from scene to scene make the story flow as it never quite does in any other medium.
  • The networks were right to disregard the campaigns' ban on cutaways and reaction shots.

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Syllabification: cut·a·way

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