Definition of cutting in English:


Line breaks: cut|ting
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌtɪŋ


  • 1 [mass noun] The action of cutting something: the cutting of the cake tax-cutting
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    • At the conclusion of the service, members and guests returned to the headquarters for a traditional Australian BBQ and cutting of a commemorative cake.
    • Just so everyone's clear: the most common forms of female genital cutting are not morally, or physically, analogous to genital piercing.
    • As one who thinks that taxes are plenty high enough, on the rich as well as on everyone else, and that budgetary problems should be solved by budget cutting, it's time to go to work.
  • 2 (often cuttings) A piece cut off from something, especially what remains when something is being trimmed or prepared: grass cuttings
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    • In the interest of keeping our local cemetery neat and tidy you are asked not to discard old or withered wreaths, grass cuttings trimmings in the area.
    • Instead of filling them up with grass cuttings, hedge trimmings and recyclable glass bottles and tin cans, the argument goes, we will separate those out for recycling so our normal bins won't fill up so quickly.
    • Alternatively, grass cuttings, wood chip and compost can be used.
    piece, bit, fragment, part; trimming
  • 2.1British An article or other piece cut from a newspaper or periodical: an archive of newspaper cuttings
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    • Mixed with newspaper and magazine cuttings of photos and articles about the actress were real photos, taken by Brett or someone he knew, of Carla at various times in her life.
    • The website has gathered together a wealth of archive material including photographs, recordings and newspaper cuttings from key strikes and campaigns.
    • I show him his ‘girlfriends file’ from the archive, a selection of newspaper cuttings linking him to various women.
    clipping, clip, snippet, extract, excerpt; article, piece, passage, column, paragraph
  • 2.2A piece cut from a plant for propagation: take cuttings of Christmas cactus and pot them on
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    • For the rosarian, this may occur during greenhouse propagation of rose cuttings.
    • Horticulturists at the facility have repeatedly failed to propagate the plant by cuttings or grafts.
    • Raise new plants from seeds or cuttings, and by layering, and provide support with trellises, pergolas and other structures.
  • 3British An open passage excavated through higher ground for a railway, road, or canal: they found the cutting and scrambled down the slope
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    • These beautiful fish have been found in railway cuttings, brick pits and building sites across Sydney, particularly back in the days when excavations were done mostly by hand.
    • Also in April, the French exploded mines under the German position held at Hill 60-in fact, a mound created from the rubbish cleared when a railway cutting was made.
    • The money, which will be allocated over two years, will also provide viewpoints of canal cuttings and mooring points to encourage people on narrowboats to stop off in Hyndburn.


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