bias cut

transitive verb

variants or bias-cut
bias cut or bias-cut; bias cutting or bias-cutting; bias cuts or bias-cuts
: to cut (something) diagonally : to cut (something) on a bias
An attractive serving style is to bias-cut each chicken breast half into ¹/₄-inch slices.Barbara Mundall, Better Homes and Gardens, October 2000
Lucilla purchased more fabric and experimented until she got the knack of bias-cutting … printed silk.Bruce Boyer, Town & Country, June 1990
The stripes shall be sewed on the sleeve 1¹/₂ inches above the point of the cuff at an angle of 30 degrees with the bottom of the sleeve and the ends shall be bias cut to show a vertical edge.United States Marine Corps, Uniform Regulations
Slashes should always be bias cut and should never be cut along the grain line; the latter will cause fraying.Michele Morrow Harer, Big Book of Quilting, 2005
bias-cut adjective
Carve the joint in long thin bias-cut fillets, then turn it over and carve from the undercut. Elizabeth David, French Provincial Cooking, 1999
bias-cut slices of hot sausage … James Hynes, Kings of Infinite Space, 2005
The people are like long, tapering candles, a swarm of tuxedos and bias-cut silks. Jane Mendelsohn, I was Amelia Earhart, 1996
… one of those unforgiving bias-cut dresses … Charla Krupp, Time, 19 Mar. 2001

Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bias cut was in 1898

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“Bias cut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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