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Definition 1: the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the barber gave him a good cut

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) act of decreasing in length

"the dress needs shortening"

(... is a kind of cutting ) the act of clipping or snipping

(... is a kind of cutting ) the act of cutting the hair

(... is a kind of cutting ) cutting down to the desired size or shape

(... is a kind of cutting ) removing by cutting off or clipping

Definition 2: the act of cutting something into parts - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his cuts were skillful
  • his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) the act or process of dividing

(... is a kind of cutting ) the act of severing

(... is a kind of cutting ) cutting so as to separate into pieces

(... is a kind of cutting ) the act of dividing by cutting or splitting

(... is a kind of cutting ) the act of cutting into slices

(... is a kind of cutting ) a cut made underneath to remove material

Definition 3: the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) becoming open or being made open

"the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"

(... is a kind of cutting ) a small cut

(... is a kind of cutting ) a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument

(... is a kind of cutting ) the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)

Definition 4: the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) the act of creating by removing something

Definition 5: the act of diluting something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the cutting of whiskey with water
  • the thinning of paint with turpentine

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) weakening (reducing the concentration) by the addition of water or a thinner

Definition 6: removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) the act of creating by removing something

(... is a kind of cutting ) a carving or line drawing on rock (especially one made by prehistoric people)

(... is a kind of cutting ) the replacement of an edge or solid angle (as in cutting a gemstone) by a plane (especially by a plane that is equally inclined to the adjacent faces)

Definition 7: the division of a deck of cards before dealing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal
  • the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) the act or process of dividing

(... is part of cutting) a game played with playing cards

Definition 8: an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he searched through piles of letters and clippings

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) a passage selected from a larger work

"he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"

Definition 9: a piece cut off from the main part of something - [noun denoting object]

(cutting is a kind of ...) a portion of a natural object

"they analyzed the river into three parts" "he needed a piece of granite"

(... is a kind of cutting ) something that has been pruned off of a plant

Definition 10: a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting - [noun denoting plant]

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is a kind of ...) a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

(... is a kind of cutting ) cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines

"a quickset of a vine planted in a vineyard"

Definition 11: unpleasantly cold and damp - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bleak winds of the North Atlantic

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is similar to ...) having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration

"a cold climate" "a cold room" "dinner has gotten cold" "cold fingers" "if you are cold, turn up the heat" "a cold beer"

Definition 12: painful as if caused by a sharp instrument - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a cutting wind
  • keen winds
  • knifelike cold
  • piercing knifelike pains
  • piercing cold
  • piercing criticism
  • a stabbing pain
  • lancinating pain

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is similar to ...) keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point

"a sharp pain" "sharp winds"

Definition 13: (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where cutting or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • cutting remarks
  • edged satire
  • a stinging comment

Synonyms for cutting in the sense of this definition

(cutting is similar to ...) lacking kindness

"a thoughtless and unkind remark" "the unkindest cut of all"

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