noun (1)
cu·​tin | \ˈkyü-tᵊn \

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 \

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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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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This new round of layoffs comes on top of job cuts in April, when Qualcomm slashed 1,231 employees in San Diego and 269 workers in Santa Clara. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm cuts more jobs as it revamps data center efforts," 15 June 2018 In a brief address to the crowd, Pence touted Rewold's success as an example of the Trump tax cuts in effect. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Pence stumps for Schuette in Michigan, visits Rochester construction HQ," 15 June 2018 To try to rein in these wayward members, European officials are floating the prospect of cuts in the generous financial support given to the former Communist states that joined the EU in the 1990s. Tim Lister, CNN, "Europe is on the verge of a big new crisis, just six years after the last one," 2 June 2018 Even though Schubert began reviewing police involved shootings after her predecessor, Jan Scully, had halted the reviews during a round of budget cuts in 2011, the review process under Schubert has been uneven and criticized. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018 The reduction amounts to 22% of American Girl's Wisconsin workforce of 604 and follows a smaller round of job cuts in January. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Girl will close Kenosha County operations, cutting 135 jobs," 19 Apr. 2018 Nevertheless, the new taxes in Oklahoma represent a victory for teachers in a state that, over the last decade, has pursued some of the deepest tax and public-service cuts in the nation. Dana Goldstein And Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Oklahoma Teachers End Walkout After Winning Raises and Additional Funding," 12 Apr. 2018 From Bubba Baxa to Mason Mahoney, the Mavs roster took plenty of cuts in the cages. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Two teams fresh from a third district win practice at 3K," 28 Mar. 2018 One of the entrepreneurs cuts in, perhaps to say not right, there is a retail market for a sunscreen machine. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Mark Cuban Saying ‘Right’ on Shark Tank," 26 Mar. 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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