Definition of cutoff in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkədäf/


1Of or constituting a limit: the cutoff date to register is July 2
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  • The cut-off date by which Standard Life members can hope to share in the bonanza is now looming.
  • I like to think of all these as simply banned completely because it is so difficult (usually impossible) to predict what amount of use will still test below the cut-off levels.
  • Drink large quantities of water shortly before the test, greatly diluting the small amounts of drug/metabolites in the urine to below the cut-off level for reporting a positive result.
2(Of a device) producing an interruption or cessation of a power or fuel supply: a cutoff valve
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  • Additional safety features include a fuel cut-off switch that is activated by the airbag sensor to reduce fire risk.
  • We feel bad about the fuel cut-off switch but it wasn't in our control.
  • Not only must hill rally vehicles adhere to basic road legislation, they must befitted with a valid fire extinguisher, safety engine cut-off device, roll-cage and adequate silencer.
3(Of an item of clothing) having been cut short: a cutoff T-shirt
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  • Her lithe body did little to dispel this image, even dressed as she was in a tight halter top over a blue thermal shirt, cut-off daisy dukes over black tights and beat-up Doc Martins.
  • Matt is startled when an incredibly hunky number in a tie-dyed tank top and cut-off denim shorts suddenly picks up Chandler in his massive arms.
  • They stood side by side in what was the common attire of Muscle Beach muscleheads - cut-off sweats, flip-flops and well-worn T-shirts.
4(Of a person) isolated from or no longer having access to someone or something: aid to the cutoff troops in the north
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  • Therapists who are attuned to experiences of clients cut-off from sense of self by trauma and depression will find it worthwhile to pursue this volume.
  • It follows two deaf-mute dockers who are completely cut-off from the outside world and are constantly pursued by groups of jeering children.
  • All was good up until the wormhole collapsed due to unknown reasons (I hate when that happens) and the population was cut-off from Earth.


1A point or level that is a designated limit of something: 1 p.m. is the cutoff for being out of the woods
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  • In cases where adult and immature birds exhibited differences in timing, either only one age class was subjected to a date cut-off or separate date cut-offs were chosen for each age class.
  • Don't take the 12-ounce limit as an absolute cut-off, especially if you're relying on calcium-fortified orange juice as a substitute for milk.
  • Because this EIA was manufactured as a qualitative test, a calibrator and additional control specimens were needed to determine the threshold cut-off and to monitor the assay performance.
2An act of stopping or interrupting the supply or provision of something: a cutoff of aid would be a disaster
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  • In the first five years after the cut-off of Russian aid, the economy contracted by a third.
  • Should the US, Canada and the European Union make good on their threat of an aids cut-off, Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, will be devastated.
  • The organisation fights for getting the senior citizens free basic services like water, cancellation of their debts and to stop evictions and water cut-offs.
2.1A device for producing an interruption or cessation of a power or fuel supply.
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  • Sometimes the vehicle redlines and fuel cut-offs aren't true to life.
  • The kettle boasts 360 degree rotation, a water level gauge, a removable/washable filter, a neon power indicator and an auto cut-off.
  • While common in semi-autos, the cut-off is a real innovation in a pump gun and a welcome improvement.
2.2A sudden drop in amplification or responsiveness of an electric device at a certain frequency: [as modifier]: a cutoff frequency of 8 Hz
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  • Dynamic behavior such as vibration modes or cut-off frequency of the device under test can be analyzed by the evolution of contrast as the operating frequency increases.
  • The system behaves as a wave guide excited far beyond its cut-off frequency mode and therefore only the stray field of the coaxial line-wave guide transition is used in the measurement.
  • Aldroubi and Gröchenig have developed a new sampling theory that can handle situations where having such a cut-off frequency is undesirable.
2.3The stopping of the supply of steam to the cylinders of a steam engine when the piston has traveled a set percentage of its stroke.
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  • Consequently, they were worked with a full throttle and the shortest cut-off at which boiler steam pressure and water supply could be maintained.
3 (cutoffs) Shorts made by cutting off the legs of a pair of jeans or other trousers above or at the knee and leaving the edges unhemmed.
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  • Within a moment, Chris opened the door, wearing a pair of faded jean cut-offs and a green tee shirt.
  • She put on a black tank top and a pair of black jean cut-offs.
  • The smiling woman was dressed casually in a pair of denim cut-offs and a simple baby blue tank top, her chestnut hair tied up in a pony tail.
4North American A shortcut.
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  • At Obico a cut-off was built to Canpa in 1910 as a short cut to reach the Joint Section which would allow freight trains to and from Hamilton a direct route to Lambton Yard.
5 Geology A pattern of a meandering stream in which a channel cuts a new course to bypass a meander bend.
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  • By speeding the flow of floodwaters to the Gulf, the cutoffs also lowered flood heights below the Arkansas River by as much as twelve feet, eventually obviating the need for the construction of a floodway through the Tensas River basin.
  • But the commission also tried new approaches, building floodways to divert water from the river and digging cutoffs to speed the passage of floodwaters.

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Syllabification: cut·off

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