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noun (1)

cu·​tin ˈkyü-tᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio)
: an insoluble mixture containing waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resinous material that forms a continuous layer on the outer epidermal wall of a plant


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noun (2)

: something cut in
cut-in adjective

cut in

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cut in; cutting in; cuts in

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

Examples of cutin in a Sentence

Verb a stranger cut in with unsolicited advice on how we could fix our relationship
Recent Examples on the Web
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, 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2018
The system feeds the footage into Tesla’s deep neural network that learns the various signals, such as a gradual movement towards the lane divider, that predict the cut-in and take appropriate action like slowing down. Tero Ojanpera, Fortune, 14 June 2023 Before that, Morgan worked as a weekend evening anchor for WNBC-TV in New York while also serving as a cut-in anchor for MSNBC, worked as a weekday evening anchor and reporter at WTVJ-TV in Miami, WISN-TV in Milwaukee and WJTV-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. ABC News, 16 May 2023
Meanwhile, even heavy price cuts in China have failed to stoke demand for the EQS, the electric sibling to the S-Class. Wilfried Eckl-Dorna, Fortune Europe, 8 May 2024 The pants have a generous wide leg and elastic waist, and the crew-neck top has a side-split hem with a low-high cut in the front and back. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2024 Congress has less than a decade to fix Social Security before the popular program runs short of cash, threatening a sharp cut in benefits for nearly 60 million retirees and family members, according to a government report released Monday. Scott Horsley, NPR, 6 May 2024 In January, the company made cuts in two rounds amounting to more than 30 percent of its global workforce, or 245 employees. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Overjoyed economists began prognosticating as many as six rate cuts in 2024, which resulted in the Dow Jones shooting up to record levels and the bulls claiming a recession had been definitively avoided. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 7 May 2024 Coming into the year, many people expected as many as six or seven rate cuts in 2024, which was then scaled back to two or three. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 The record was cut in rural France and produced by Pete Robertson, the former drummer of the Vaccines who went on to produce Beabadoobee. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2024 Here are the details of where these employers have decided to chop jobs and when the cutbacks will occur, according to the WARN letters sent to the state EDD: — Intel, 75 job cuts in San Jose on Innovation Drive. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin cutis

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutin was in 1612

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Cite this Entry

“Cutin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
cu·​tin ˈkyüt-ᵊn How to pronounce cutin (audio)
: a substance that contains waxes, fatty acids, soaps, and resins and forms a continuous layer on the outer wall of the epidermis of a plant

cut in

2 of 2 verb
: to join in suddenly
cut in on a conversation
: to interrupt a dancing couple and take one partner's place
: to mix with cutting motions
add the shortening to the flour and cut it in
: to include among those who get a cut
I'll cut you in on the profits

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