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

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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To avoid that, San Marcos school officials are planning for potentially steep cuts in coming years, while lobbying for state legislation to boost school funding further. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "San Marcos school board passes $227 million budget, avoids shortfalls," 22 June 2018 Reviczky said the dairy subsidy account has been repeatedly cut in recent years because of the state’s ongoing budget problems. Gregory B. Hladky,, "State Restores $1.4 Million In Subsidies For Dairy Farmers," 29 May 2018 In her fourth year on the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA, Gimpel has yet to make a cut in 21 events. Joe Juliano,, "For Lafayette Hill's Emily Gimpel, finding success in pro golf is challenging," 22 May 2018 And this comes after cuts in preceding years, including a year ago. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: The Milwaukee teachers union's dicey call for 'bold action' could backfire," 4 May 2018 In many poorer and rural school districts across Washington, projections for the new law on school spending show cuts in property taxes in future years, while taxes remain higher in richer areas like Seattle, Bellevue and Mercer Island. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "‘Enough is enough’: Some local homeowners say this year’s property-tax increase will force them to move," 1 Apr. 2018 Despite its growth and diverse collection, the department has been hit or threatened with budget cuts in recent years. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Texana library collection among the state’s best," 27 Jan. 2018 Subsequent cuts in pollution enforcement and the departure of hundreds of veteran EPA staffers through a buyout program have given environmental groups more reason to worry. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 July 2018 Kim, who had missed the cut in 14 of 22 starts this season, followed that up with a 13-footer for birdie on the par-4 14th., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 July 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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