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

cut in; cutting in; cuts 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

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Synonyms: Verb

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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: Noun 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Detroit Lions' 2020 preseason schedule has been cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' 2020 preseason schedule sliced in half, won't face Patriots," 1 July 2020 Correctional officers given garbage bags with holes cut in them instead of protective gowns when entering isolation pods with detainees infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Former Eloy correctional officers blame negligence for huge COVID-19 outbreak," 1 July 2020 And while Pier 34 continued to offer take-out and delivery options, in the nearly two months that the restaurant was closed, the team saw its earnings cut in half. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "Black North Carolina business owners adapt to financial uncertainty amid pandemic," 25 June 2020 But funding for the Cure Violence program in Chicago was cut in 2013. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Calls are growing to defund police in the US. Here are some lessons from overseas," 24 June 2020 Rather than seeing their business cut in half, stores have seen sales soaring more than 200 percent in some locations. NBC News, "Fireworks sellers thought lockdowns would kill their sales — but 2020 could be the best year ever. Just ask your neighbor.," 24 June 2020 Internship hiring was cut in half across the U.S. this summer, according to research from the career website Glassdoor. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's wasn't going to cancel its internship program. So, 280 corporate interns will work remotely during the summer of coronavirus," 23 June 2020 This accounts for a $5.6 million cut in state funding and roughly $26 million in CARES money. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "After state cuts and federal coronavirus funds, find out if your Ohio school district is getting more or less money," 4 June 2020 Switzerland is often used by the U.S. as a back-channel as the two countries since diplomatic relations were cut in 1980. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'The nightmare is over': Iran releases US veteran after nearly two years of captivity," 4 June 2020

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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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“Cutin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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