cut


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), v. i.
   1. To do the work of an edged tool; to serve in dividing or
      gashing; as, a knife cuts well.
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   2. To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting
      instrument.
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            Panels of white wood that cuts like cheese.
                                                  --Holmes.
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   3. To perform the operation of dividing, severing, incising,
      intersecting, etc.; to use a cutting instrument.
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            He saved the lives of thousands by his manner of
            cutting for the stone.                --Pope.
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   4. To make a stroke with a whip.
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   5. To interfere, as a horse.
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   6. To move or make off quickly. [Colloq.]
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   7. To divide a pack of cards into two portion to decide the
      deal or trump, or to change the order of the cards to be
      dealt.
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   To cut across, to pass over or through in the most direct
      way; as, to cut across a field.

   To cut and run, to make off suddenly and quickly; -- from
      the cutting of a ship's cable, when there is not time to
      raise the anchor. [Colloq.]

   To cut in or To cut into, to interrupt; to join in
      anything suddenly.

   To cut up.
      (a) To play pranks. [Colloq.]
      (b) To divide into portions well or ill; to have the
          property left at one's death turn out well or poorly
          when divided among heirs, legatees, etc. [Slang.]
          "When I die, may I cut up as well as Morgan
          Pendennis." --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cut \Cut\, n.
   1. An opening made with an edged instrument; a cleft; a gash;
      a slash; a wound made by cutting; as, a sword cut.
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   2. A stroke or blow or cutting motion with an edged
      instrument; a stroke or blow with a whip.
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   3. That which wounds the feelings, as a harsh remark or
      criticism, or a sarcasm; personal discourtesy, as
      neglecting to recognize an acquaintance when meeting him;
      a slight.
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            Rip called him by name, but the cur snarled, snapped
            his teeth, and passed on. This was an unkind cut
            indeed.                               --W. Irving.
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   4. A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a
      furrow; a groove; as, a cut for a railroad.
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            This great cut or ditch Secostris . . . purposed to
            have made a great deal wider and deeper. --Knolles.
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   5. The surface left by a cut; as, a smooth or clear cut.
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   6. A portion severed or cut off; a division; as, a cut of
      beef; a cut of timber.
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            It should be understood, moreover, . . . that the
            group are not arbitrary cuts, but natural groups or
            types.                                --Dana.
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   7. An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an
      engraving; as, a book illustrated with fine cuts.
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   8.
      (a) The act of dividing a pack cards.
      (b) The right to divide; as, whose cut is it?
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   9. Manner in which a thing is cut or formed; shape; style;
      fashion; as, the cut of a garment.
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            With eyes severe and beard of formal cut. --Shak.
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   10. A common work horse; a gelding. [Obs.]
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             He'll buy me a cut, forth for to ride. --Beau. &
                                                  Fl.
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   11. The failure of a college officer or student to be present
       at any appointed exercise. [College Cant]
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   12. A skein of yarn. --Wright.
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   13. (Lawn Tennis, etc.) A slanting stroke causing the ball to
       spin and bound irregularly; also, the spin so given to
       the ball.
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   14. (Cricket) A stroke on the off side between point and the
       wicket; also, one who plays this stroke.
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   A cut in rates (Railroad), a reduction in fare, freight
      charges, etc., below the established rates.

   A short cut, a cross route which shortens the way and cuts
      off a circuitous passage.

   The cut of one's jib, the general appearance of a person.
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   To draw cuts, to draw lots, as of paper, etc., cut unequal
      lengths.
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            Now draweth cut . . .
            The which that hath the shortest shall begin.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), a.
   1. Gashed or divided, as by a cutting instrument.
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   2. Formed or shaped as by cutting; carved.
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   3. Overcome by liquor; tipsy. [Slang]
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   Cut and dried, prepered beforehand; not spontaneous.

   Cut glass, glass having a surface ground and polished in
      facets or figures.

   Cut nail, a nail cut by machinery from a rolled plate of
      iron, in distinction from a wrought nail.

   Cut stone, stone hewn or chiseled to shape after having
      been split from the quarry.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cut \Cut\ (k[u^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cut; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Cutting.] [OE. cutten, kitten, ketten; prob. of Celtic
   origin; cf. W. cwtau to shorten, curtail, dock, cwta
   bobtailed, cwt tail, skirt, Gael. cutaich to shorten,
   curtail, dock, cutach short, docked, cut a bobtail, piece,
   Ir. cut a short tail, cutach bobtailed. Cf. Coot.]
   1. To separate the parts of with, or as with, a sharp
      instrument; to make an incision in; to gash; to sever; to
      divide.
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            You must cut this flesh from off his breast. --Shak.
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            Before the whistling winds the vessels fly,
            With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way. --Pope.
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   2. To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering;
      to hew; to mow or reap.
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            Thy servants can skill to cut timer.  --2. Chron.
                                                  ii. 8
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   3. To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as,
      to cut the hair; to cut the nails.
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   4. To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.
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   5. To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing,
      etc.; to carve; to hew out.
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            Why should a man. whose blood is warm within,
            Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster? --Shak.
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            Loopholes cut through thickest shade. --Milton.
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   6. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce;
      to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.
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            The man was cut to the heart.         --Addison.
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   7. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right
      angles.
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   8. To refuse to recognize; to ignore; as, to cut a person in
      the street; to cut one's acquaintance. [Colloq.]
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   9. To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a
      recitation. etc. [Colloq.]
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            An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the
            shop whenever he can do so with impunity. --Thomas
                                                  Hamilton.
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   10. (Cricket) To deflect (a bowled ball) to the off, with a
       chopping movement of the bat.
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   11. (Billiards, etc.) To drive (an object ball) to either
       side by hitting it fine on the other side with the cue
       ball or another object ball.
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   12. (Lawn Tennis, etc.) To strike (a ball) with the racket
       inclined or struck across the ball so as to put a certain
       spin on the ball.
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   13. (Croquet) To drive (a ball) to one side by hitting with
       another ball.
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   To cut a caper. See under Caper.

   To cut the cards, to divide a pack of cards into portions,
      in order to determine the deal or the trump, or to change
      the cards to be dealt.

   To cut both ways, to have effects both advantageous and
      disadvantageous.

   To cut corners, to deliberately do an incomplete or
      imperfect job in order to save time or money.

   To cut a dash or To cut a figure, to make a display of
      oneself; to give a conspicuous impression. [Colloq.]

   To cut down.
       (a) To sever and cause to fall; to fell; to prostrate.
           "Timber . . . cut down in the mountains of Cilicia."
           --Knolles.
       (b) To put down; to abash; to humble. [Obs] "So great is
           his natural eloquence, that he cuts down the finest
           orator." --Addison
       (c) To lessen; to retrench; to curtail; as, to cut down
           expenses.
       (d) (Naut.) To raze; as, to cut down a frigate into a
           sloop.

   To cut the knot or To cut the Gordian knot, to dispose of
      a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary
      action, rather than by skill or patience.

   To cut lots, to determine lots by cuttings cards; to draw
      lots.

   To cut off.
       (a) To sever; to separate.
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                 I would to God, . . .
                 The king had cut off my brother's. --Shak.
       (b) To put an untimely death; to put an end to; to
           destroy. "Iren[ae]us was likewise cut off by
           martyrdom." --Addison.
       (c) To interrupt; as, to cut off communication; to cut
           off (the flow of) steam from (the boiler to) a steam
           engine.
       (d) To intercept; as,, to cut off an enemy's retreat.
       (e) To end; to finish; as, to cut off further debate.

   To cut out.
       (a) To remove by cutting or carving; as, to cut out a
           piece from a board.
       (b) To shape or form by cutting; as, to cut out a
           garment. " A large forest cut out into walks."
           --Addison.
       (c) To scheme; to contrive; to prepare; as, to cut out
           work for another day. "Every man had cut out a place
           for himself." --Addison.
       (d) To step in and take the place of; to supplant; as, to
           cut out a rival. [Colloq.]
       (e) To debar. "I am cut out from anything but common
           acknowledgments." --Pope.
       (f) To seize and carry off (a vessel) from a harbor, or
           from under the guns of an enemy.
       (g) to separate from the midst of a number; as, to cut
           out a steer from a herd; to cut out a car from a
           train.
       (h) to discontinue; as, to cut out smoking.

   To cut to pieces.
       (a) To cut into pieces; as, to cut cloth to pieces.
       (b) To slaughter; as, to cut an army to pieces.

   To cut a play (Drama), to shorten it by leaving out
      passages, to adapt it for the stage.

   To cut rates (Railroads, etc.), to reduce the charges for
      transportation below the rates established between
      competing lines.

   To cut short, to arrest or check abruptly; to bring to a
      sudden termination. "Achilles cut him short, and thus
      replied." --Dryden.

   To cut stick, to make off clandestinely or precipitately.
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   To cut teeth, to put forth teeth; to have the teeth pierce
      through the gum and appear.

   To have cut one's eyeteeth, to be sharp and knowing.
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   To cut one's wisdom teeth, to come to years of discretion.
      

   To cut under, to undersell; as, to cut under a competitor
      in trade; more commonly referred to as undercut.

   To cut up.
       (a) To cut to pieces; as, to cut up an animal, or bushes.
       (b) To damage or destroy; to injure; to wound; as, to cut
           up a book or its author by severe criticism. "This
           doctrine cuts up all government by the roots."
           --Locke.
       (c) To afflict; to discourage; to demoralize; as, the
           death of his friend cut him up terribly. [Colloq.]
           --Thackeray.
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