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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Recent Examples on the Web Crews from the cutters Thetis, Resolute, Tampa and Munro made eight seizures between mid-November and mid-January. NBC News, "Coast Guard seizes 20,000 pounds of cocaine and offloads it in San Diego," 10 Feb. 2020 Dip the cutter into the water first and in between cutting the shapes. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Shares Their Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe on Instagram," 14 Dec. 2019 Trace the round box onto a sheet of styrofoam and cut out using the styrofoam cutter. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Winter Scene," 26 Nov. 2019 Moschella said the ring cutter is a metal tool with a hook that slips under the back of the ring. Lois K. Solomon,, "Here’s why a Delray Beach woman gave firefighters the finger," 15 Nov. 2019 During the August cruise of the Coast cutter Guard Healy, scientists spotted dead birds, including in an area where the Woods Hole team detected high levels of an algae that can produce saxitoxin. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?," 10 Nov. 2019 Its charging dock features a slot for the foil cutter so it won’t get lost in your kitchen. Popular Science, "Just four excellent wine bottle openers," 8 Nov. 2019 The cutter Seneca commandeered a case weighing 1,400 pounds. Fox News, "Coast Guard seizes $92M worth of cocaine," 18 Oct. 2019 The crew aboard the cutter Alert was responsible for two cases, seizing about 4,000 pounds of cocaine, according to the Coast Guard. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, "Coast Guard offloads $92 million worth of smuggled cocaine in San Diego," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cutter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cutter was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutter

: 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


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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