cut·​away | \ ˈkət-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce cutaway (audio) \

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

The fewer cutaways to tangential topics, interviews and other side features, the better. Phil Rosenthal,, "ESPN's Alex Rodriguez admits he's 'still a novice' as a TV analyst. Comedian Jeff Garlin is ready for A-Rod to go away.," 6 June 2019 The movie was shot mainly in Vancouver, Canada, and its frequent cutaways to the Hong Kong skyline are hardly the sole example of blatant visual trickery at work. Justin Chang,, "Dwayne Johnson scales the heights in the thrillingly dumb 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 With some help from horror music scores and dramatic cutaways, this Halloween themed version of The Kissing Booth looks like a completely different movie. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Turned "The Kissing Booth" Trailer Into a Horror Movie," 30 Oct. 2018 The one-shoulder mini-dress is cutaway at the back, and is also extremely short. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears the Tiniest Sparkly Gucci Dress in Vegas for Her 21st Birthday," 12 Aug. 2018 The BBMAs were a night made up of celebrity cutaways, too. Rebecca Farley,, "Demi Lovato Glaring At Taylor Swift Was Probably A BBMA Camera Trick," 21 May 2018 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

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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 take the place or position of

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