cut·​away | \ˈkət-ə-ˌwā \

Definition of cutaway 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having or showing parts cut away a cutaway drawing



Definition of cutaway (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a coat with skirts tapering from the front waistline to form tails at the back

2a : a cutaway picture or representation

b : a shot that interrupts the main action of a film or television program to take up a related subject or to depict action supposed to be going on at the same time as the main action

3 : a back dive in which the head is lowered toward the board after the takeoff

Examples of cutaway in a Sentence


The diagram shows a cutaway view of an engine.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Dellacamera and Meola were content to note during cutaway shots that Putin appeared to be getting along famously in a luxury box with FIFA’s Gianni Infantino and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Phil Rosenthal,, "Russia's rout in Fox World Cup opener: 'This is probably exactly what Mr. Putin needed'," 14 June 2018 First shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the brand will display a cutaway rear quarter panel of the RX to highlight the third row of seats. Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press, "Lexus reveals a piece of its new LF-1 Limitless concept crossover," 9 Jan. 2018 Hadid zipped into David Koma’s high-waisted flares featuring cargo pockets, belted detailing, and cutaway effects running up and down the sides. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Is That You, Lara Croft? Gigi Hadid Takes a Style Cue From Tomb Raider," 12 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of them featured cutaways that revealed vast amounts of skin. Vogue, "Fight for Your Rites: Kelly Cutrone and Co. Mix Voodoo and Fashion at a Collective Runway Event," 9 Feb. 2018 And, during the same Swift acceptance speech that saw Demi's cutaway, the camera cut to Camila Cabello, who gave a doofy wink to Swift. Rebecca Farley,, "Demi Lovato Glaring At Taylor Swift Was Probably A BBMA Camera Trick," 21 May 2018 Tiger print gowns, one a long sleeve column and the other a cutaway leg-sweeping flounce bustier style-- required over 1,400 hours of hand-beading. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Visible from the sidewalk, courtesy of a cutaway in the facade, the mural is a work in progress whose size and design could change, said Zoe Elghanayan, a vice president of TF Cornerstone, and a daughter of one of its founders, Frederick. New York Times, "New Apartment Tower Will Be One of City’s Biggest," 4 May 2018 As her father, Sergio, pumped his fists in the stands, and his spectacular head of Einstein hair -- the subject of innumerable cutaways in the TV coverage -- shook in the night breeze, Camila pushed the match to a third set. Jon Wertheim,, "Camila Giorgi Has Talent to Stay on Tour, But Finding Finances a Struggle," 10 Jan. 2014 Opposite that a cutaway ceiling and spiral stairs lead to the third-floor loft. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Modern addition gives this 90-year-old Birmingham home a dramatic flair," 29 June 2018 In a cutaway shot, the TV broadcast showed the two leaders after the third Russian goal. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "As Saudis Go to War, the Crown Prince Attends a Soccer Match," 14 June 2018 For women that meant tailcoat bodysuits worn with fishnet stockings and and for men that meant tuxedos with cutaway jackets accessorized with floppy bow ties. Adam Tschorn,, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of cutaway


1841, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cutaway

: having the top or outside removed so the inside parts can be seen

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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