What is cutting?

  • (noun): The act of shortening something by cutting off the ends.
    Synonyms: cut, cutting off
    See also — Additional definitions below


Cutting is the separation of a physical object, or a portion of a physical object, into two or more portions, through the application of an acutely directed force. Implements commonly used for cutting are the knife and saw, or in medicine and science the scalpel and microtome. However, any sufficiently sharp object is capable of cutting if it has a hardness sufficiently larger than the object being cut, and if it is applied with sufficient force. Even liquids can be used to cut things when applied with sufficient force (see water jet cutter).

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Machinability - Other Materials
... This creates heat that builds up in the cutting zone, which degrades the tool life and locally melts the plastic ... Once the plastic melts, it just flows around the cutting edge instead of being removed by it ... Machinability can be improved by using high lubricity coolant and keeping the cutting area free of chip build up ...
Sonning Cutting Railway Accident
... The Sonning Cutting railway accident occurred during the early hours of 24 December 1841 in the Sonning Cutting through Sonning Hill, near Reading, Berkshire ... from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads station entered Sonning Cutting ... Recent heavy rain had saturated the soil in the cutting causing it to slip, covering the line on which the train was travelling ...
Tools Commonly Used For Cutting
... Abrasive saw Axe Blade Bandsaw Chainsaw Circular saw Cutting tool (machining) Diamond blade Diamond tool Drill bit Fingernail File Front teeth Glass cutter Grater Hacksaw Hand saw Hole saw Knife Laser ...
Laminated Glass - Cutting
... Plastic interlayers in laminated glass make its cutting difficult ... There is an unsafe practice of cutting both sides separately, pouring a flammable liquid such as denatured alcohol into the crack, and igniting it to melt the ... Special purpose laminated cutting tables Vertically-inclined saw frames A blowlamp or hot air blower ...
Canadian Cutting Horse Association - Canadian Cutting Horse
... The CCHA promotes a type of horse called the Canadian cutting horse, which includes all horses used for the sport of cutting in Canada ...

More definitions of "cutting":

  • (adj): Unpleasantly cold and damp.
    Synonyms: bleak, raw
  • (adj): (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character.
    Example: "Cutting remarks"
    Synonyms: edged, stinging
  • (noun): The act of cutting something into parts.
    Example: "His cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
    Synonyms: cut
  • (adj): Suitable for cutting or severing.
    Example: "A cutting tool"; "the cutting edge"
  • (noun): The act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge.
    Synonyms: cut
  • (noun): The act of diluting something.
    Example: "The cutting of whiskey with water"
    Synonyms: thinning
  • (noun): The division of a deck of cards before dealing.
    Example: "The cutting of the cards soon became a ritual"
    Synonyms: cut
  • (noun): Cutting away parts to create a desired shape.
    Synonyms: carving
  • (noun): The activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film.
    Synonyms: film editing
  • (noun): A part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting.
    Synonyms: slip
  • (noun): A piece cut off from the main part of something.

Famous quotes containing the word cutting:

    I feel no more like a man now than I did in long skirts, unless it be that enjoying more freedom and cutting off the fetters is to be like a man. I suppose in that respect we are more mannish, for we know that in dress, as in all things else, we have been and are slaves, while man in dress and all things else is free.
    Amelia Bloomer (1818–1894)

    For universal love is as special an aspect as carnal love or any of the other kinds: all forms of mental and spiritual activity must be practiced and encouraged equally if the whole affair is to prosper. There is no cutting corners where the life of the soul is concerned....
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
    Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)