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cut·​away ˈkət-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce cutaway (audio)
: having or showing parts cut away
a cutaway drawing


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: a coat with skirts tapering from the front waistline to form tails at the back
: a cutaway picture or representation
: 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
: a back dive in which the head is lowered toward the board after the takeoff

Examples of cutaway in a Sentence

Adjective The diagram shows a cutaway view of an engine.
Recent Examples on the Web
Here are two of his cutaway views of the cerebellum, which coordinates movement. Discover Magazine, 28 Mar. 2011 All of this is presented in clean, efficient cutaway scenes, branches that sprout from the investigation that forms the core of the story. Katie Rife, Chron, 17 Nov. 2022 One cutaway gag involves Homer scribbling profusely on a chalkboard, the bottom of which shows a math equation. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2022 The Michelin man on site at the Z06 track event showed us a cutaway Cup 2R carcass, which revealed a recent discovery by the company. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 3 Oct. 2022 This cutaway view of a Western Digital 18TB Gold drive shows off its nine platters and triple-stage actuators. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 8 June 2022 Lilly notes this cutaway scene was omitted from the final episode. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 June 2022 An 80-plus-degree day in February, with all those stereotypical cutaway shots of the beach, Griffith Park Observatory and movie stars? Brian Lowry, CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 The smaller pack no doubt helps keep costs manageable, starting at $43,295 for a cutaway model (think cab and frame but not much else). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022
Family Guy Speaking of Seth MacFarlane cartoons, Lynch also voiced himself in an extremely brief cutaway cameo in an episode of Family Guy in a 2016 Christmas episode. Wesley Stenzel,, 6 June 2024 The cutaways to karaoke allowed the filmmakers to move the action around different parts of the city. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2024 There are no cutaways to generals launching counter-strikes or presidents on TV addressing the nation. David Faris, theweek, 23 Feb. 2024 But the movie may be remembered more for the controversy surrounding its use of cutaway graphics created by generative artificial intelligence tools. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Brent Clark has also generated memes and ESPN cutaways for packing a healthy amount of snacks for his daughter’s big games. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 7 Apr. 2024 The motherboard tray is bordered with cutaway areas that support MicroATX boards with rear-facing connectors, along with a few extra cable-passage holes for those that don’t. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 Wondering if a cutaway of a shirtless @JasonKelce screaming and holding a beer to celebrate his brother’s touchdown is ruining anyone’s entertainment value of this game out there. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 4 Mar. 2024 In a cutaway clip, the Brooklyn native explains her relationship with Raghu, who was previously on the singing competition two times. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1841, in the meaning defined above


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutaway was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Cutaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
cut·​away ˈkət-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce cutaway (audio)
: showing the top or outside cut away so the inside parts can be seen
a cutaway view


2 of 2 noun
: a coat with skirts cut from the front waistline to form tails at the back
: a cutaway illustration

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