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cutting

noun cut·ting \ ˈkə-tiŋ \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of cutting

plural cuttings
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 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

Examples of cutting in a Sentence

  1. Take some cuttings from the plant and put them in water.

  2. a bag full of grass cuttings

First Known Use of cutting

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cutting

adjective

Definition of cutting

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

cuttingly

play \ˈkə-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of cutting in a Sentence

  1. He made a cutting remark about my family, and I haven't spoken to him since.

  2. a frigid day with a cutting wind that made it seem even colder

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First Known Use of cutting

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CUTTING Defined for English Language Learners

cutting

Definition of cutting for English Language Learners

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


cutting

Definition of cutting for English Language Learners

  • : used for cutting things

  • : unpleasantly cold

  • : causing great physical pain


CUTTING Defined for Kids

cutting

noun cut·ting \ ˈkə-tiŋ \

Definition of cutting for Students

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


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