cutter

noun cut·ter \ ˈkə-tər \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of cutter

plural cutters
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
2 a : 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 1cut 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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First Known Use of cutter

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

cutter

Definition of cutter for English Language Learners

  • : a person, machine, or tool that cuts something

  • : a boat on a ship that is used for carrying supplies or passengers to and from the shore

  • : a small sailing boat with one mast


CUTTER Defined for Kids

cutter

noun cut·ter \ ˈkə-tər \

Definition of cutter for Students

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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