Hypertext Webster Gateway: "cutting"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

the flesh in various ways was an idolatrous practice, a part of
idol-worship (Deut. 14:1; 1 Kings 18:28). The Israelites were
commanded not to imitate this practice (Lev. 19:28; 21:5; Deut.
14:1). The tearing of the flesh from grief and anguish of spirit
in mourning for the dead was regarded as a mark of affection
(Jer. 16:6; 41:5; 48:37).

Allusions are made in Revelation (13:16; 17:5; 19:20) to the
practice of printing marks on the body, to indicate allegiance
to a deity. We find also references to it, through in a
different direction, by Paul (Gal. 6; 7) and by Ezekiel (9:4).
(See {HAIR}.)

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

You must cut this flesh from off his breast. --Shak.

Before the whistling winds the vessels fly, With
rapid swiftness cut the liquid way. --Pope.

2. To sever and cause to fall for the purpose of gathering;
to hew; to mow or reap.

Thy servants can skill to cut timer. --2. Chron.
ii. 8

3. To sever and remove by cutting; to cut off; to dock; as,
to cut the hair; to cut the nails.

4. To castrate or geld; as, to cut a horse.

5. To form or shape by cutting; to make by incision, hewing,
etc.; to carve; to hew out.

Why should a man. whose blood is warm within, Sit
like his grandsire cut in alabaster? --Shak.

Loopholes cut through thickest shade. --Milton.

6. To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce;
to lacerate; as, sarcasm cuts to the quick.

The man was cut to the heart. --Addison.

7. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right

8. To refuse to recognize; to ignore; as, to cut a person in
the street; to cut one's acquaintance. [Colloq.]

9. To absent one's self from; as, to cut an appointment, a
recitation. etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cutting \Cut"ting\ (k[u^]t"t[i^]ng), 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cutting \Cut"ting\, 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character; "cutting
remarks"; "edged satire"; "a stinging comment" [syn: {edged},
2: unpleasantly cold and damp; "bleak winds of the North
Atlantic" [syn: {bleak}, {raw}]
3: as physically 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}]
4: suitable for cutting or severing; "a cutting tool"; "the
cutting edge"
n 1: the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting
them together to create a film [syn: {film editing}]
2: a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a
plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
[syn: {slip}]
3: the act of cutting something into parts; "his cuts were
skillful"; "his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
[syn: {cut}]
4: a piece cut off from the main part of something
5: an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine; "he searched
through piles of letters and clippings" [syn: {clipping},
{newspaper clipping}, {press clipping}, {press cutting}]
6: cutting away parts to create a desired shape [syn: {carving}]
7: the division of a deck of cards before dealing; "his cutting
the cards before every deal soon became a ritual" [syn: {cut}]
8: the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge;
"his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels" [syn: {cut}]
9: the act of diluting something; "the cutting of whiskey with
water"; "the thinning of paint with turpentine" [syn: {thinning}]
10: the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends;
"the barber gave him a good cut" [syn: {cut}, {cutting

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