cut·​ter | \ ˈkə-tər How to pronounce cutter (audio) \
plural cutters

Definition of cutter

1 : one that cuts:
a : one whose work is cutting or involves cutting wood/glass cutters
b(1) : an instrument, machine, machine part, or tool that cuts
(2) : a device for vibrating a cutting stylus in disc recording also : the stylus or its point
2a : a ship's boat for carrying stores or passengers
b : a single-masted fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel
c : a small armed vessel in government service
3 baseball : cut fastball His previous three home runs had come on a fastball, a cutter and a slider.— Billy Witz
4 : a light sleigh
5 : a person who cuts himself or herself purposely (see cut entry 1 sense 1f) : a person who engages in cutting The cast includes Jill, a middle-class runaway in love with the romance of risk; Maura, a "cutter" who engages in self-mutilation to thwart her over-controlling father …— Cecelia Goodnow

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Examples of cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Civale mixed six pitches, according to baseball savant, leaning heavily on his cutter, sinker and curveball, while allowing two runs and striking out seven. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 22 June 2022 Hurley painted the outside corner with her cutter to keep hitters off balance. Cam Kerry,, 18 June 2022 But Strom hopes the mechanical adjustments could help with his cutter, giving him a better weapon against lefties, who have hit him hard. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2022 Suddenly, a pitcher already relying heavily on deception had a little more fuzz on his ball, and his cutter began moving magically, allowing his pitches to play off each other. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Fed up with the cookie-cutter hit-chasing aspect of the music industry, Angie Miller – an American Idol finalist on season 12 – rebranded as Zealyn in order to feel free to let her musical freak flag fly. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 16 May 2022 Playing catch with pitcher Tyler Gilbert, Moll started toying with his cutter, shifting his grip and release point. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2022 Garcia relied on his cutter to shut down the Tigers, still waiting for their offense to pick up the pace, across seven innings. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2022 The one exception: His cutter, which has emerged as perhaps his best pitch during the first month of the season. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cutter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2022

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“Cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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cut·​ter | \ ˈkə-tər How to pronounce cutter (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutter

1 : someone or something that cuts a diamond cutter a cookie cutter
2 : a boat used by warships for carrying passengers and stores to and from the shore
3 : a small sailing boat with one mast
4 : a small military ship a coast guard cutter

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