(Cus"trel) n. [OF. coustillier. See Coistril.] An armor-bearer to a knight. [Obs.]
(Cus"trel), n. See Costrel. [Obs.] Ainsworth.
(Cus"tu*ma*ry) a. See Customary. [Obs.]
(Cut) 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.
Before the whistling winds the vessels fly,
With rapid swiftness cut the liquid way.
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?
Loopholes cut through thickest shade.
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.
7. To intersect; to cross; as, one line cuts another at right angles.
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. [Colloq.]
An English tradesman is always solicitous to cut the shop whenever he can do so with impunity. 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 a dash or a
figure, to make a display. [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 doun 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 the Gordian knot, to dispose of a difficulty summarily; to solve it by prompt, arbitrary