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CUTTING, participle present tense [See Cut.]

1. Dividing by an edged instrument; cleaving by the stroke or motion of an edged instrument, as by a knife, ax, or saw; hewing; carving; intersecting; piercing.

2. adjective Piercing the heart; wounding the feelings; deeply affecting with shame or remorse; pungent; piquant; satirical; as a cutting reflection.


1. A separation or division; a piece cut off; a ship; as the cuttings of vines.

2. The operation of removing a stone from the bladder.