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

Adjective The diagram shows a cutaway view of an engine.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Not always accurately, either: In a cutaway O’Donnell noted that Biden had misstated the potential cost of free public college. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'60 Minutes' aired its Donald Trump and Joe Biden interviews. The differences were stark," 26 Oct. 2020 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 Customers can choose from a variety of configurations with the electric Transit, including cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab, with three roof heights and three body lengths. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Ford Announces 2022 Transit Electric Van for U.S.," 3 Mar. 2020 The first two seasons, in particular, try to analyze layers of race, class, and generational interactions, replete with didactic cutaways, nonverbal signifiers of accomplishment via hyperconsumption, and hand-wringing identity crises. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "You’ve Already Seen #BlackAF," 26 Apr. 2020 In cutaway glimpses, the show depicts its fictional multiverse as Froot Loop–shaped worlds being devoured by a black hole. Sarah Stankorb, The Atlantic, "The Magicians Is Your Next Great Binge Watch," 8 Apr. 2020 The electric van can be had in a variety of options including cargo van, cutaway, chassis cab, and with three roof heights and three body lengths. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Ford Announces 2022 Transit Electric Van for U.S.," 3 Mar. 2020 The incredible gown featured a huge leg slit, and a cutaway back section. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Channing Tatum and Jessie J Just Made Their Red Carpet Debut as a Couple," 25 Jan. 2020 Inglourious Basterds is a clear influence, though its sillier narrative gimmicks (title cards, a cutaway fantasy in which the Hunters are introduced as attendees at a faux bar mitzvah) owe something to Kill Bill. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix or Amazon this weekend," 21 Feb. 2020 However, the news cutaways were abrupt and didn't add much, serving primarily as the television equivalent of a kidnapping victim being photographed with the front page of that day's newspaper. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'The Conners' recap: Live show includes N.H. primary news – and family disputes, of course," 12 Feb. 2020 But her set, at times, felt a little over produced with way too many cutaway shots to pyrotechnics. cleveland, "J. Lo pole dances, Shakira shakes during fiery Super Bowl halftime show," 3 Feb. 2020

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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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“Cutaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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