noun (1)
cu·​tin | \ ˈkyü-tᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio) \

Definition of cutin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an insoluble mixture containing waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resinous material that forms a continuous layer on the outer epidermal wall of a plant


noun (2)
\ ˈkət-ˌin How to pronounce cut-in (audio) \

Definition of cut-in (Entry 2 of 3)

: something cut in

cut in

cut in; cutting in; cuts in

Definition of cut in (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to thrust oneself into a position between others or belonging to another
2 : to join in something suddenly cut in on the conversation
3 : to interrupt a dancing couple and take one as one's partner
4 : to become automatically connected or started in operation waiting for the auxiliary motor to cut in

transitive verb

1 : to mix with cutting motions after sifting the flour into a mixing bowl, cut the lard in
2 : to introduce into a number, group, or sequence
3 : to connect into an electrical circuit to a mechanical apparatus so as to permit operation
4 : to include especially among those benefiting or favored cut them in on the profits

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Noun (2)

cut-in adjective

Synonyms for cutin

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cutin in a Sentence

Verb a stranger cut in with unsolicited advice on how we could fix our relationship
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earth’s atmosphere has a habit of desiccating things, after all, so plants evolved something called cutin, a waxy barrier against the elements. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Amphiphilic Liquid Coating That Keeps Your Avocados Fresh," 21 June 2018 The scientists hypothesized that this new plastic-eating enzyme must have evolved from an older cutin-eating enzyme. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic," 17 Apr. 2018 After studying this bacteria, the researchers found the enzyme, which is similar to the enzyme many bacteria already use to break down a different chemical, called cutin. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic," 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The semi-state round was implemented to cut in half the number of teams playing in a single location. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, "KHSAA votes to add semi-state round to volleyball tournaments," 17 Sep. 2020 The number of active listings with a price cut in San Francisco has soared in recent months, from 148 in May to 428 in August. Kathleen Pender,, "‘Just mind-blowing’: Despite fires and virus, Bay Area home prices hit record," 17 Sep. 2020 Matheson also was less than one second off the Olympic trial cut in the 200 butterfly. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Sunrise Mountain swimmer Daniel Matheson commits to USC," 11 Sep. 2020 Budget projections for the rest of fiscal year 2021 are based on a $135 million cut in subsidies Metro receives from the District, Maryland and Virginia — money that is being covered by the federal stimulus aid. Justin George, Washington Post, "Metro will need to cut more than $200 million from its budget unless it gets more federal aid," 9 Sep. 2020 The first decline began in 2013 largely because of a temporary cut in federal child case assistance for low-income, working parents. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky announces revised rules for struggling child care centers, to increase class size," 1 Sep. 2020 Sony, which started its PlayStation Now service in 2014, has some 2.2 million customers, more than triple the number a year earlier after the price was cut in half, to $10 per month. Dina Bass,, "An Endless Stream of Games Is the Perfect Business Model for a Pandemic," 29 Aug. 2020 But when they are cared for by Black doctors, Black newborns are far more likely to survive, as their mortality rate is roughly cut in half. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "The lack of Black doctors is killing Black babies, new study finds," 20 Aug. 2020 The new plan calls for nearly $300 million to be cut in police overtime. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "A look at cities seeing police budget cuts amid crime surges," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cutin

Noun (1)

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1883, in the meaning defined above


1612, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cutin

Noun (1)

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin cutis

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The first known use of cutin was in 1612

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“Cutin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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