Definitions for cutoutˈkʌtˌaʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. something cut out from something else, as a pattern cut out or intended to be cut out of paper.

  2. a valve in the exhaust pipe of an internal-combustion engine, which when open permits the engine to exhaust directly into the air.

    Category: Automotive

  3. an act or instance of cutting out.

  4. Slang. an intermediary, as in espionage.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  5. a device for the manual or automatic interruption of electric current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. a usu. discontinued record album that is for sale at a discount.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cutout(noun)

    a switch that interrupts an electric circuit in the event of an overload

  2. cutout(noun)

    a photograph from which the background has been cut away

  3. cutout(noun)

    a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out


  1. cutout(Noun)

    Something that has been cut out from something else

  2. cutout(Noun)

    Any of several devices that halt the flow of a current, especially an electric current

  3. cutout(Noun)

    An intermediary who communicates between members of a clandestine organization

  4. cutout(Noun)

    A free-standing, rigid print (usu. life-sized), often used for promotional purposes

  5. cutout(Noun)

    Clip art

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. cutout

    An intermediary or device used to obviate direct contact between members of a clandestine organization.


  1. Fuse cutout

    In electrical distribution, a fuse cutout or cut-out fuse is a combination of a fuse and a switch, used in primary overhead feeder lines and taps to protect distribution transformers from current surges and overloads. An overcurrent caused by a fault in the transformer or customer circuit will cause the fuse to melt, disconnecting the transformer from the line. It can also be opened manually by utility linemen standing on the ground and using a long insulating stick called a "hot stick". A cutout consists of three major components: The cutout body, an open "C"-shaped frame that supports the fuse holder and a ribbed porcelain or polymer insulator that electrically isolates the conductive portions of the assembly from the support to which the insulator is fastened. The fuse holder, also called the "fuse tube" or "door", an insulating tube which contains the replaceable fuse element. When the contained fuse operates, the fuse holder drops out of the upper contact, breaking the circuit, and hangs from a hinge on its lower end. This hanging fuse holder provides a visible indication that the fuse has operated and assurance that the circuit is open.


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