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cutter Line breaks: cut¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌtə/

Definition of cutter in English:


1A person or thing that cuts something, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Her face was furrowed with impatience, and she looked, then, almost my own age, middle twenties, instead of like a full-time high-school cutter of classes.
  • ‘They held a meeting and said there was nothing we could do,’ recalls Dotty Jones, a former meat cutter in Jacksonville.
  • I think of myself more as a collagist, as a kind of cutter.
1.1 [often with adjective or noun modifier] A tool for cutting something, especially one intended for cutting a particular thing or for producing a particular shape: a biscuit cutter (cutters) a pair of bolt cutters
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  • Thereafter, the pump operates a downhole motor to rotate the cutting tool while the cutters are actuated.
  • Diagonal cutters have two cutting edges set diagonally from the joint or handle.
  • A computerized mat cutter makes cutting these thick boards a much simpler operation.
1.2A person who cuts or edits film: he’s a great cutter—he saved ‘Rocky V’ in the editing room
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  • This movie would be more enjoyable if a cutter edited out all the extraneous clutter.
  • Film strips hung from the cutter's rack, bits and pieces of Utah, out-takes overexposed and underexposed, masses of impenetrable material.
  • Let me start by saying that I have a lot respect for Stuart Baird as a cutter and, based on his first film, not his second, as a director.
1.3A person in a tailoring establishment who takes measurements and cuts the cloth: a lifetime spent as a cutter in the Manhattan rag trade
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  • Great-uncle Mick Mindel, born in 1910, lives in the East End, and leaves school early to work as an apprentice cutter in the tailoring trade.
  • More often they rely on earlier cutters of the cloth.
  • Then there's the cash for seamstresses, cutters, pattern makers, and salespeople, as well as space to house your operation.
1.4A person who deliberately cuts into their own flesh, as a symptom of psychological or emotional distress: a support group for recovering cutters
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  • The stereotypical cutter is a girl in her young teens suffering from discord at home and doing poorly at school.
  • She was terrified to realize we had seen her arms. She was more frightened by the fact that her secret was out than by the fact that she was a cutter in the first place.
  • Former self-mutilators agree that one of the best things cutters can do is talk about their problems.
1.5A person who reduces or cuts down on something, especially expenditure: a determined cutter of costs
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  • In 1996, he notes, when budget cutters last took aim at shallow draft harbors, the ports came together to create the National Harbor Association.
2A light, fast coastal patrol boat: a coastguard cutter
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  • He said he was visiting the oil terminals, coastguard cutters, patrol boats, and larger vessels for morale and ceremonial purposes.
  • Two hundred Coast Guard small boats and cutters deployed to patrol the harbor that held more than 30,000 spectator vessels and participating ships.
  • Procurement of ships sized to meet specific needs, between the capabilities of Coast Guard cutters and multimission Navy destroyers, would be necessary.
2.1A ship’s boat used for carrying light stores or passengers.
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  • This extremely useful weapon was adopted by the Coast Guard in 1962 and first mounted on large cutters serving as weather ships in the Atlantic and Pacific.
  • At 4am the companies transferred to small, ships' cutters, which were towed towards the shore, by steam-powered boats from the warships.
  • The problem was being able to position the camera to get the correct angles from the sailboat to the cutter and vice versa.
2.2 historical A small fore-and-aft rigged sailing boat with one mast, more than one headsail, and a running bowsprit, used as a fast auxiliary.
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  • Beneath the surface the green gloom parted to reveal the foggy apparition of the cutter's mast pointing us down towards the wreck.
  • The galleons, tea cutters and strange craft that ought to form in my mind's eye are off sailing other waters, and if there are angels up there then their sketching pencils draw nothing but idle lines in the sky.
  • Lighter vessels ranged upward from the cutter, a single-masted schooner with as little as one cannon on the open deck, or nothing but swivel guns mounted on her railings.
2.3A yacht with one mainsail and two foresails.
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  • We fished at the local harbour in Granton, Edinburgh, not far from the famous Port of Leith, once a thriving port of call for many large ships and cutters.
  • The Type 42 destroyer will meet the fleet of massive square riggers, cutters, briganteens and barques when they depart from Southampton in a parade of sail before the start of the Millennium Tall Ships Race.
  • It was the kind of setting that summons one to do nothing at all, and I was working toward that goal when, around the headland, appeared the silhouette of a small cutter, beating in from the open sea.
3 Cricket & Baseball A ball that deviates sharply on pitching.
Example sentences
  • Inswingers, outswingers, breakbacks, cutters: he could find something useful in any pitch.
  • He can't finish his pitches, particularly his cutter and changeup, and his fastball is topping out at 85 mph.
  • The cutter, like the forkball in the 1980s, appeals to pitchers because they don't have to take undue risks to throw it.
4North American A light horse-drawn sleigh: a one-horse cutter parked in front of the barn
5A pig heavier than a porker but lighter than a baconer.

Words that rhyme with cutter

abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, clutter, constructor, declutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, stutter, utter

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