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1. Botany incised or divided
2. Veterinary science gelded or castrated
3. Economics a decrease in government finance in a particular department or area, usually leading to a reduction of services, staff numbers, etc.
4. short for power cut
5. Chiefly US and Canadian a quantity of timber cut during a specific time or operation
6. Sport the spin of a cut ball
7. Cricket a stroke made with the bat in a roughly horizontal position
8. Films an immediate transition from one shot to the next, brought about by splicing the two shots together
9. Chem a fraction obtained in distillation, as in oil refining
10. the metal removed in a single pass of a machine tool
a. the shape of the teeth of a file
b. their coarseness or fineness
12. Brit a stretch of water, esp a canal
13. make the cut Golf to better or equal the required score after two rounds in a strokeplay tournament, thus avoiding elimination from the final two rounds
14. miss the cut Golf to achieve a greater score after the first two rounds of a strokeplay tournament than that required to play in the remaining two rounds



a relief printing plate used for reproducing illustrations. Depending on the type of original being reproduced, either a linecut or halftone is made. Linecuts are made from an original consisting of lines, strokes, and solid backgrounds of uniform density (pen-and-ink drawings, engraved prints, sketches); halftones are made from an image with varying densities (photographs, watercolors, or oil paintings).

Cuts are made with wood, linoleum, zinc, brass, copper, or plastic. In making zinc cuts, which are the most widely used, the original is first photographed; using photomechanical methods, it is then transferred onto a zinc plate with a light-sensitive coating, after which the areas between the surfaces to be printed are deepened by chemical or electrochemical etching. Copper cuts are made by hand engraving or etching in a solution of ferric chloride. There is also a quick method, known as single-process etching, for making magnesium and zinc cuts with etching machines. Cuts are also made on electroengraving machines. One cut will print 40,000–50,000 copies.


Geodakov, A. I. Tsinkografiia. Moscow, 1962.
Geodakov, A. I. Proizvodstvo klishe. Moscow, 1972.


A double-strand incision in a duplex deoxyribonucleic acid molecule.
(chemical engineering)
A fraction obtained by a separation process.
A section of a crystal having two parallel major surfaces; cuts are specified by their orientation with respect to the axes of the natural crystal, such as X cut, Y cut, BT cut, and AT cut.
(graphic arts)
A photoengraving used in letterpress printing.
The style in which a gem is cut, such as brilliant cut, single cut, or rose cut.
A subset of a given set whose removal from the original set leaves a set that is not connected.
(mining engineering)
To intersect a vein or a working.
To excavate coal.
To shear one side of an entry or a crosscut by digging out the coal from floor to roof with a pick.
(cell and molecular biology)
A double-strand incision in a duplex deoxyribonucleic acid molecule.
The fraction that is removed as product or advanced to the next separative element in an isotope separation process.
The number of needles per inch in the cylinder or needle bed in a knitting frame.


1. Excavated material.
2. The void resulting from the excavation of material.
3. The depth to which material is to be excavated to bring the surface to a predetermined grade.
4. In the theater, a long slot across the stage floor for the introduction or removal of scenery.


i. To switch off an aircraft engine.
ii. To cut the gun. To close the throttle of an engine.
iii. In air navigation, the intersection of two lines of position; this is the smaller angle between these two lines.



(1) Remove. Delete. See cut and paste.

(2) In a video or movie, a sharp transition from one scene to another.

(3) A Unix command that extracts data from a file based on its location within the file.
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However, she states: "Right or wrong, elections are won these days on personalities and Gordon's just does not cut the mustard in popularity stakes.
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Won a lesser race at Fakenham on his seasonal debut, but proved he could cut the mustard in stronger company at Exeter last time, when finding only the classy Group Captain six lengths too good.
He has certainly cut the mustard this summer, becoming the most explosive one-day batsman in England with more than 1,000 runs at an average of nearly 50 in Twenty20, 40-over and 50-over cricket.
The writer O Henry is attributed with first using it in a 1902 story in which he says: "So I looked around and found a proposition that exactly cut the mustard.
And the signings Dave Jones made either needed far too long to bed in - Camara and Issac Okoronkwo - or failed to cut the mustard - Silas.
This figure fails to point out that of the tens of thousands that pick up the mic few cut the mustard.
Cardiff can rightly hold its head high among other European capitals, but when it comes to its festive decorations, it doesn't cut the mustard.
The Irish flop has been a figure of ridicule at Sunderland after failing to cut the mustard in the Premiership.
Last year's Slap Bang with Ant and Dec never quite cut the mustard, but they've since proved the winning feelgood factor with Pop Idol and their recent Likely Lads re-make.
Ladybird Books are cutting down on staff and production because Janet and John can't cut the mustard with children any more.

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