cut·ting [cutting cuttings] noun, adjective BrE [ˈkʌtɪŋ] NAmE [ˈkʌtɪŋ] noun
1. (also ˈpress cutting) (both BrE) (also clip·ping, ˈpress clipping NAmE, BrE) an article or a story that you cut from a newspaper or magazine and keep
• newspaper/press cuttings
2. a piece cut off a plant that will be used to grow a new plant
• Take geranium cuttings in late summer.
3. (BrE) a narrow open passage that is dug through high ground for a road, railway/railroad or canal
• After about four weeks you will be able to see whether the cuttings have taken.
• She had kept all the press cuttings about the murder.
• Take cuttings from mature plants in the spring.
• These plants are easy to propagate from leaf cuttings.
• You can see whether the cuttings have taken.
• a cutting from ‘The Guardian’
adjective usually before noun
1. unkind and likely to hurt sb's feelings
• a cutting remark
2. (of winds) cold in a sharp and unpleasant way
• There was a cutting reference to Taylor's failure to secure a deal.
See also: clipping ▪ press cutting
1. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film
Syn: film editing
3. the act of cutting something into parts
- his cuts were skillful
- his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess
1. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character
- cutting remarks
- edged satire
- a stinging comment
Syn: edged, stinging
2. unpleasantly cold and damp
- bleak winds of the North Atlantic
Syn: bleak, raw
3. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
- a cutting wind
- keen winds
- knifelike cold
- piercing knifelike pains
- piercing cold
- piercing criticism
- a stabbing pain
- lancinating pain
Syn: keen, knifelike, piercing, stabbing, lancinate, lancinating
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.|
|2.||Something cut, cut off, or cut out, as a twig or scion cut off from a stock for the purpose of grafting or of rooting as an independent plant; something cut out of a newspaper; an excavation cut through a hill or elsewhere to make a way for a railroad, canal, etc.; a cut.|
|a.||1.||Adapted to cut; as, a cutting tool.|
|2.||Chilling; penetrating; sharp; as, a cutting wind.|
|3.||Severe; sarcastic; biting; as, a cutting reply; a cutting remark.|
To dream that you are cutting something, signifies a broken relationship or severed connection.
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