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 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 very darkly funny squirmy cutaways to the other guests on the couch who are sitting next to Arthur and Murray, clearly just uncomfortable and don’t know how to react. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Is ‘Joker’ a dangerous movie? Our critics have it out," 4 Oct. 2019 The mood board includes an image of a young Paris Hilton in a hot pink cutaway one-piece, nestled among fabric swatches and some edgier imagery. Vogue, "Charlotte Knowles’s Biting Take on Female Empowerment Will Close London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Robin Wagner’s sets reach their zenith with the cutaway views of two adjoining, very swank hotel suites, setting up a clever scene of comic cat-and-mouse. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Victor/Victoria’ gets a stylish staging at Moonlight, but musical’s story is stretched a little thin," 12 Sep. 2019 This year, the academy is trying to curtail the walking shots, which can include cutaways of clapping celebrities, by urging winners to move more quickly. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Why Are the Oscars So Long? (Hint: 24 Minutes of Walking)," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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