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English adjective: cutting

1. cutting (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character

SamplesCutting remarks.
Edged satire.
A stinging comment.

Synonymsedged, stinging



2. cutting unpleasantly cold and damp

SamplesBleak winds of the North Atlantic.

Synonymsbleak, raw



3. cutting painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

SamplesA cutting wind.
Keen winds.
Knifelike cold.
Piercing knifelike pains.
Piercing cold.
Piercing criticism.
A stabbing pain.
Lancinating pain.

Synonymskeen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing



English noun: cutting

1. cutting (act) the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film

Synonymsfilm editing

Broader (hypernym)creating by removal

2. cutting (plant) a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting


Broader (hypernym)stalk, stem

Narrower (hyponym)quickset

3. cutting (act) the act of cutting something into parts

SamplesHis cuts were skillful.
His cutting of the cake made a terrible mess.


Broader (hypernym)division

Narrower (hyponym)dissection, scission, severance, severing, slicing, undercut

4. cutting (object) a piece cut off from the main part of something

Broader (hypernym)part, piece

Narrower (hyponym)pruning

5. cutting (communication) an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine

SamplesHe searched through piles of letters and clippings.

Synonymsclipping, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting

Broader (hypernym)excerpt, excerption, extract, selection

6. cutting (act) removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape


Broader (hypernym)creating by removal

Narrower (hyponym)petroglyph, truncation

7. cutting (act) the division of a deck of cards before dealing

SamplesHe insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal.
The cutting of the cards soon became a ritual.


Broader (hypernym)division

Part meronymcard game, cards

8. cutting (act) the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge

SamplesHis cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels.


Broader (hypernym)opening

Narrower (hyponym)gash, incision, nick, notch, section, slash, snick, surgical incision

9. cutting (act) the act of diluting something

SamplesThe cutting of whiskey with water.
The thinning of paint with turpentine.


Broader (hypernym)dilution

10. cutting (act) the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends

SamplesThe barber gave him a good cut.

Synonymscut, cutting off

Broader (hypernym)shortening

Narrower (hyponym)clip, clipping, clipping, haircut, shearing, snip, trim, trimming

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