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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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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Then Khan released his first budget, full of austerity measures including salary freezes for civil servants and a 13 percent cut in military expenditures. Washington Post, "Hit by inflation, debt and falling currency, Pakistan tries to tax the rich," 5 July 2019 Energy stocks fell broadly after U.S. crude oil prices slid nearly 5% a day after OPEC agreed to extend a cut in production levels for nine months. Alex Veiga,, "Stocks rebound, S&P 500 hits a record again," 2 July 2019 The central bank on Tuesday lowered its official cash rate to a record low 1.00%, down from 1.25%, adding to a cut in June, with the policy makers highlighting the U.S.-China trade dispute that threatens to crimp global exports. ... James Glynn, WSJ, "To Stop a Tottering Economy Falling in a Hole, Australia Cuts Rates Again," 2 July 2019 Marsha Brantley first came in for a cut in the year 2000, and the two came together like scissors and hair. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?," 29 June 2019 Still, investors are confident that such a move is coming: Expectations for a rate cut in July are at 100%, according to the CME FedWatch tool. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "The S&P 500 is on track for its best June since 1955," 28 June 2019 Profits got a boost from a significant cut in corporate income taxes. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Pay for Arizona CEOs hit a new record in 2018 — see who made the most," 27 June 2019 Following the announcement, investors have entirely priced in a cut in July and see the possibility for even lower rates come the Fed’s September meeting. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "The Economy Is About to Hit a Record. Trump Says the Fed ‘Blew It’," 24 June 2019 The bar opens on Friday, June 21, with a mayoral ribbon-cutting in the morning and drinks afterward. Polly Campbell,, "Meet the super-fancy cocktails at this new bar in Walnut Hills," 20 June 2019

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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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