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EtymologyEdit

 
A railway cutting (sense 4) near Fulwell railway station in London, UK

From cut +‎ -ing.[1]

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NounEdit

cutting (countable and uncountable, plural cuttings)

  1. (countable, uncountable) The action of the verb to cut.
    How many different cuttings can this movie undergo?
  2. (countable) A section removed from a larger whole.
    1. (countable) A newspaper clipping.
    2. (countable, horticulture) A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.
  3. (countable) An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.
    The actor had to make his cutting shorter to fit the audition time.
  4. (countable, Britain) An open passage at a level lower than the surrounding terrain, dug for a canal, railway, or road to go through.
    Synonym: cut
    • 1876, W[illiam] E[rnest] Henley, Journey by Train:
      WE flash across the level. / We thunder thro' the bridges. / We bicker down the cuttings. / We sway along the ridges.
  5. (uncountable, cinematography, sound engineering) The editing of film or other recordings.
  6. (uncountable, machining) The process of bringing metals to a desired shape by chipping away the unwanted material.
    Boring, drilling, milling, and turning are all different kinds of metal cutting processes.
  7. (uncountable, psychology) The act of cutting one's own skin as a symptom of a personality disorder; self-harm.

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AdjectiveEdit

cutting (not comparable)

  1. That is used for cutting.
    I need some sort of cutting utensil to get through this shrink wrap.
  2. Of criticism, remarks, etc.: (potentially) hurtful.
    The director gave the auditioning actors cutting criticism.
  3. (India) Of a beverage: half-sized.
    a cutting chai

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VerbEdit

cutting

  1. present participle of cut

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