(Cut"let) n. [F. côtelette, prop., little rib, dim. of côte rib, fr. L. costa. See Coast.] A piece of
meat, especially of veal or mutton, cut for broiling.
(Cut"ling) n., [Cf. Cuttle a knife.] The art of making edged tools or cutlery. [Obs.] Milton.
1. That which cuts off or shortens, as a nearer passage or road.
2. (Mach.) (a) The valve gearing or mechanism by which steam is cut off from entering the cylinder of
a steam engine after a definite point in a stroke, so as to allow the remainder of the stroke to be made
by the expansive force of the steam already let in. See Expansion gear, under Expansion. (b) Any
device for stopping or changing a current, as of grain or water in a spout.
(Cu"tose) n. [L. cutis skin.] (Chem.) A variety of cellulose, occuring as a fine transparent
membrane covering the aerial organs of plants, and forming an essential ingredient of cork; by oxidation
it passes to suberic acid.
(Cut"-out`) n. (a) (Telegraphy) A species of switch for changing the current from one circuit to
another, or for shortening a circuit. (b) (Elec.) A device for breaking or separating a portion of circuit.
(Cut"purse`) n. One who cuts purses for the sake of stealing them or their contents (an act
common when men wore purses fastened by a string to their girdles); one who steals from the person; a
To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cutpurse.
1. One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments.
2. That which cuts; a machine or part of a machine, or a tool or instrument used for cutting, as that part
of a mower which severs the stalk, or as a paper cutter.
3. A fore tooth; an incisor. Ray.
4. (Naut.) (a) A boat used by ships of war. (b) A fast sailing vessel with one mast, rigged in most
essentials like a sloop. A cutter is narrower end deeper than a sloop of the same length, and depends
for stability on a deep keel, often heavily weighted with lead. (c) A small armed vessel, usually a steamer,
in the revenue marine service; also called revenue cutter.
5. A small, light one-horse sleigh.
6. An officer in the exchequer who notes by cutting on the tallies the sums paid.
7. A ruffian; a bravo; a destroyer. [Obs.]
8. A kind of soft yellow brick, used for facework; so called from the facility with which it can be cut.
Cutter bar. (Mach.) (a) A bar which carries a cutter or cutting tool, as in a boring machine. (b) The
bar to which the triangular knives of a harvester are attached. Cutter head (Mach.), a rotating
head, which itself forms a cutter, or a rotating stock to which cutters may be attached, as in a planing
or matching machine. Knight.
(Cut"throat`) n. One who cuts throats; a murderer; an assassin.
(Cut"throat`), a. Murderous; cruel; barbarous.