backs and cutters

plural noun

Definition of backs and cutters

: any two main series of fractures that produce jointed rock structure by crossing each other at steep angles used in quarrying

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First Known Use of backs and cutters

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Backs and cutters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backs%20and%20cutters. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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