over·​cut ˌō-vər-ˈkət How to pronounce overcut (audio)
overcut; overcutting; overcuts

transitive verb

: to cut excessively
specifically : to cut timber from (a forest) in excess of annual growth or an allotted annual amount

Examples of overcut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Excess force will cause the chisel to overcut as its bevel is driven into the wood. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 25 Feb. 2020 Recently a new neighbor moved in and proceeded to overcut several palm trees near the property line. Gary Singer, sun-sentinel.com, 7 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcut was in 1897

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“Overcut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcut. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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