Definitions for cutoffˈkʌtˌɔf, -ˌɒf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cut•offˈkʌtˌɔf, -ˌɒf(n.)

  1. an act or instance of cutting off.

  2. something that cuts off.

  3. a point serving as the limit beyond which something is no longer effective, applicable, or possible.

  4. a road, passage, etc., that leaves another, usu. providing a shortcut.

  5. a new and shorter channel formed in a river by the water cutting across a bend in its course.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  6. cutoffs, shorts made by cutting the legs off a pair of trousers, esp. jeans.

    Category: Clothing

  7. an infielder's interception of a baseball thrown from the outfield in order to relay it to home plate or keep a base runner from advancing.

    Category: Football, Baseball, and Basketball, Sport

  8. arrest of the steam moving the pistons of an engine, usu. occurring before the completion of a stroke.

    Category: Machinery

  9. (adj.)being or constituting a limit or ending:

    the cutoff date for applications.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cutoff(noun)

    a designated limit beyond which something cannot function or must be terminated

  2. shortcut, cutoff, crosscut(noun)

    a route shorter than the usual one

  3. cutoff(noun)

    a device that terminates the flow in a pipe


  1. cutoff(Noun)

    The point at which something terminates or to which it is limited.

  2. cutoff(Noun)

    A road, path of channel that provides a shorter or quicker path; a shortcut.

  3. cutoff(Noun)

    A device that stops the flow of a current.

  4. cutoff(Noun)

    A cessation in a flow or activity.

  5. cutoff(Noun)

    The player who acts directly before the player on the button preflop in Texas hold 'em.

  6. cutoff(Noun)

    shorts made by cutting off the legs from trousers


  1. Cutoff

    In theoretical physics, cutoff is an arbitrary maximal or minimal value of energy, momentum, or length, used in order that objects with larger or smaller values than these physical quantities are ignored in some calculation. It is usually represented within a particular energy or length scale, such as Planck units. When used in this context, the traditional terms "infrared" and "ultraviolet" are not literal references to specific regions of the spectrum.

Anagrams of cutoff

  1. offcut


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