cutting

noun
cut·ting | \ ˈkə-tiŋ \
plural cuttings

Definition of cutting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something cut or cut off or out: such as

a : a plant section originating from stem, leaf, or root and capable of developing into a new plant

b : harvest

2 : something made by cutting especially : record sense 4

3 : self-harm in which a person purposely cuts or scratches the skin She [a young woman identified as "Kristen"] took occasional advantage of college-offered therapy in her sophomore year but also continued to cut herself. "For me—and for all the other cutters I know—cutting isn't about self-esteem, it's about control," Kristin explained. "… Cutting can be—and was for me—a cry for help: 'Look at me—I hurt so much I'm bleeding—help me stop this pain!' —Barrett Seaman

cutting

adjective

Definition of cutting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : given to or designed for cutting especially : sharp, edged

2 : marked by sharp piercing cold cutting winds

3 : inclined or likely to wound the feelings of others especially because of a ruthless incisiveness a cutting remark

4 : intense, piercing a cutting pain

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Other words from cutting

Adjective

cuttingly \ˈkə-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for cutting

Synonyms: Noun

cut, slice

Synonyms: Adjective

edged, edgy, ground, honed, keen, sharp, sharpened, stropped, trenchant, whetted

Antonyms: Adjective

blunt, blunted, dull, dulled, obtuse

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Examples of cutting in a Sentence

Noun

Take some cuttings from the plant and put them in water. a bag full of grass cuttings

Adjective

He made a cutting remark about my family, and I haven't spoken to him since. a frigid day with a cutting wind that made it seem even colder
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The conference offers the SOF community a place to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Northrop Grumman Investigates Worker For Allegedly Attending Charlottesville Rally," 6 July 2018 Electronics manufacturers and other industries are turning to nLight's fiber lasers to replace conventional cutting tools and older laser technologies. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Shares in laser manufacturer nLight have doubled since last month's IPO," 24 May 2018 And yet, filtered through the moral judgment of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and, indeed, Miss Jane Austen, her practical observations produce some of the most cutting lines in a novel full of them. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Colin Firth's Shirt: Jane Austen and the Rise of the Female Gaze," 17 July 2017 But the right-leaning Michael Ramirez, a two-time Pulitzer winner syndicated by Creators, sees the outgoing veep though a more cutting lens. Barbara Ellis, The Denver Post, "As Joe Biden exits, comedy bids farewell to a one-man gold mine," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of cutting

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cutting was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for cutting

cutting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stem, leaf, or root that is cut from a plant and used to grow a new plant

cutting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cutting (Entry 2 of 2)

: used for cutting things

: unpleasantly cold

: causing great physical pain

cutting

noun
cut·ting | \ ˈkə-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of cutting

: a part (as a shoot) of a plant able to grow into a whole new plant

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