cutoff

noun
cut·​off | \ ˈkət-ˌȯf \

Definition of cutoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or action of cutting off
2a : the new and relatively short channel formed when a stream cuts through the neck of an oxbow
c : a channel made to straighten a stream
3 : a device for cutting off
4a : something cut off
b cutoffs plural : shorts originally made from jeans with the legs cut off at the knees or higher
5 : the point, date, or period for a cutoff

cut off

verb

Definition of cut off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an untimely end
2 : to stop the passage of cut off communications
3 : shut off, bar the river cut off their retreat
4 : discontinue, terminate cut off a subscription
5 : separate, isolate cut herself off from her family
6 : disinherit threatened to cut him off without a penny
7a : to stop the operation of : turn off cut off the engine
b : to stop or interrupt while in communication the operator cut me off

intransitive verb

: to cease operating

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Other Words from cutoff

Noun

cutoff adjective

Examples of cutoff in a Sentence

Noun

a cutoff of the water supply The cutoff for new applications is next Wednesday.

Verb

the majority party cut off debate and forced a vote on the bill the dog cut off the one sheep that had to be sheared
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed in the absence of a response from Ford's team by the cutoff time. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Tentative agreement reached for Kavanaugh-Ford hearing on Thursday, source says," 2 Oct. 2018 For the record, September 30, 2018, was the cutoff date for 2019 Grammy eligibility. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Fans Are Calling Her Grammy Awards Snub a 'Slap in the Face'," 10 Dec. 2018 Sometimes the right play is just the simple play, just throwing it to the cutoff. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cory Spangenberg's blast lifts Padres over Giants," 20 July 2017 The second will hit 10 minutes prior to the cutoff. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 Israel has eased the blockade over time, but the cutoff of basic supplies like fuel still does significant humanitarian harm by restricting access to electricity, food, and medicine. Alex Ward, Vox, "Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.," 14 Nov. 2018 In other words, the actual Navier-Stokes equations are solved for motion on the medium and large scales, but, below some cutoff, a statistical or other model is substituted. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 Although season seven of Game of Thrones aired in summer 2017, due to the Emmys’ eligibility cutoff, the HBO drama had to wait until this year to submit anything for consideration. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Game of Thrones' Lannisters Ruled Over the 2018 Emmy Nominations With an Iron Fist," 12 July 2018 The series’ pilot premiered on June 3, 2018, just a few days after the cutoff. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Why 'Pose' Didn't Receive Any Emmy Award Nominations," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Let cool slightly to thicken, then transfer to a resealable bag and cut off one corner to make a small hole. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Mousse Snowmen," 29 Nov. 2018 Natural gas was cut off to around 500 customers, Schulze said. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sun Prairie firefighter killed by explosion that destroyed his own bar," 11 July 2018 The dust storm covered one-fourth of the planet, and communication between Earth and the orbiter was cut off more than a week ago. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NASA image shows blue sand dune on Mars," 26 June 2018 Formerly an undercover narcotics detective, Shea recalls his wife making him cut off his ponytail for the family holiday picture. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Local Police Detective Pens Suspense Trilogy," 19 June 2018 So the wise woman had her people cut off his head and toss it over the wall, and King David left Abel Beth Maacah alone. Avi Selk, miamiherald, "This 3,000-year-old glass head has deepened one of Bible's most tantalizing mysteries," 10 June 2018 But there were real -- and valid -- concerns heading into Tuesday's primaries that the party might well cut off its nose to spite its face in the Golden State. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Trump's 'great night for Republicans' in the California primaries wasn't so great after all," 6 June 2018 Parents, adamant about limiting their kids' screen time, could push their kids toward the choice of either lying about their device use or being cut off from their social lives. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 Users with private accounts have long had the ability to remove followers and immediately cut off access to their own content. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Instagram is testing feature that allows public accounts to remove followers," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of cutoff

Noun

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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cutoff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutoff

: the act of stopping the movement or supply of something
: the time when something must be done or completed
: short pants that are made from long pants by cutting off the legs at the knees or higher

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