noun (1)
cu·​tin | \ ˈkyü-tᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio) \

Definition of cutin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an insoluble mixture containing waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resinous material that forms a continuous layer on the outer epidermal wall of a plant


noun (2)
\ ˈkət-ˌin How to pronounce cut-in (audio) \

Definition of cut-in (Entry 2 of 3)

: something cut in

cut in


Definition of cut in (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to thrust oneself into a position between others or belonging to another
2 : to join in something suddenly cut in on the conversation
3 : to interrupt a dancing couple and take one as one's partner
4 : to become automatically connected or started in operation waiting for the auxiliary motor to cut in

transitive verb

1 : to mix with cutting motions after sifting the flour into a mixing bowl, cut the lard in
2 : to introduce into a number, group, or sequence
3 : to connect into an electrical circuit to a mechanical apparatus so as to permit operation
4 : to include especially among those benefiting or favored cut them in on the profits

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Other Words from cutin

Noun (2)

cut-in adjective

Synonyms for cutin

Synonyms: Verb

break in, chime in, chip in [chiefly British], interpose, interrupt, intrude

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Examples of cutin in a Sentence


a stranger cut in with unsolicited advice on how we could fix our relationship

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Earth’s atmosphere has a habit of desiccating things, after all, so plants evolved something called cutin, a waxy barrier against the elements. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Amphiphilic Liquid Coating That Keeps Your Avocados Fresh," 21 June 2018 The scientists hypothesized that this new plastic-eating enzyme must have evolved from an older cutin-eating enzyme. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic," 17 Apr. 2018 After studying this bacteria, the researchers found the enzyme, which is similar to the enzyme many bacteria already use to break down a different chemical, called cutin. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Accidentally Find Enzyme to Break Down Plastic," 17 Apr. 2018

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Citi economists expect a cut in rates for the standing lending facility as early as this month, partly due to looming producer-price deflation risks. WSJ, "China’s Muted Inflation Likely to Spur Policy Easing," 15 Feb. 2019 His office estimates the tax would generate $2 billion over two years, half of which Reykdal wants to pay for a cut in the statewide property tax that funds K-12 schools. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state schools chief adds capital-gains tax, special education to his budget wish list," 9 Oct. 2018 Washington has threatened military action in case of a chemical weapons attack but its mixed messaging on retaining a U.S. presence in Syria and a cut in aid has diminished its already limited influence over the conflict. Zeina Karam, Fox News, "Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?," 13 Sep. 2018 In March, the Penn Wharton Budget Model forecast a cut in gross domestic product of 0.9 percent by 2027 and by 5.3 percent by 2040. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tough talk or a trade war? Many US firms frozen in suspense.," 29 June 2018 Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Councilman Allan Domb led the charge, calling for a cut in the prison department’s budget. Claudia Vargas,, "City Council approves, sends to Mayor Kenney, $4.7B budget with no property-tax hike," 21 June 2018 Greater contributions by individuals with no increase in benefits amounts to a cut in compensation. Joe Davidson,, "Rebuking Trump, Senate panel approves federal pay raise, but House plans big hit on pensions," 21 June 2018 If state aid drops from a cut in the sales tax, cities and towns could potentially be forced to lay off first responders, delay purchases of emergency equipment, or even close firehouses. John Anderson,, "Should the state lower its sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5 percent?," 15 June 2018 The council’s Democratic majority pushed through cuts that would allow a half-mill cut in the tax rate. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain Gets New Budget, At Least For Now; Stewart Could Veto," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of cutin

Noun (1)

circa 1872, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1883, in the meaning defined above


1612, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cutin

Noun (1)

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin cutis

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The first known use of cutin was in 1612

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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