noun \ˈkə-tiŋ\

: a stem, leaf, or root that is cut from a plant and used to grow a new plant

Full Definition of CUTTING

:  something cut or cut off or out: as
a :  a plant section originating from stem, leaf, or root and capable of developing into a new plant
b :  harvest
:  something made by cutting; especially :  record 4

Examples of CUTTING

  1. Take some cuttings from the plant and put them in water.
  2. <a bag full of grass cuttings>

First Known Use of CUTTING

14th century



: used for cutting things

: unpleasantly cold

: causing great physical pain

Full Definition of CUTTING

:  given to or designed for cutting; especially :  sharp, edged
:  marked by sharp piercing cold <cutting winds>
:  inclined or likely to wound the feelings of others especially because of a ruthless incisiveness <a cutting remark>
:  intense, piercing <a cutting pain>
cut·ting·ly \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CUTTING

  1. He made a cutting remark about my family, and I haven't spoken to him since.
  2. <a frigid day with a cutting wind that made it seem even colder>

First Known Use of CUTTING

15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In botany, a plant section originating from the stem, leaf, or root and capable of developing into a new plant. The cutting is usually placed in warm, moist sand. Many plants, especially horticultural and garden varieties, are propagated through cuttings; by the use of new techniques, many other plants formerly not susceptible to propagation through cuttings have more successfully reproduced. The plants that develop from cuttings are clones. See also graft, layering.


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