- something cut out from something else, as a pattern or figure cut out or intended to be cut out of paper, cardboard, or other material.
- a valve in the exhaust pipe of an internal-combustion engine, which when open permits the engine to exhaust directly into the air ahead of the muffler.
- an act or instance of cutting out.
- Slang. a trusted intermediary between two espionage agents or agencies.
- Electricity. a device for the manual or automatic interruption of electric current.
Origin of cutout
First recorded in 1790–1800; noun use of verb phrase cut out
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Examples from the Web for cutout
Another showed black crows pecking at a cutout of Switzerland.Switzerland Paints EU As Cheese-Hungry Rat
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In the black-and-white stop-motion animation Dollhouse, Sherman casts herself as a cutout doll from a book.Cindy Sherman: Early Works Opens At Gucci Museo in Florence
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I squinted through a cutout in the hut: nothing but thick rainforest.An Obsessive’s Search for a Lost Jungle City
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Their house, she said, had a John McCain poster on the door and a Barak Obama cutout in the living room.Maria Shriver Speaks Out
October 30, 2010
There were no Balmain buckles, no Alexander Wang-style cutout dresses, not even a one-shoulder number by Obama favorite Jason Wu.The White House Goes Glam
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If a "cutout" is on the board, keep its contacts smooth and clean.
Some cutouts have a spiral spring attached to the cutout armature.
"The Professor doesn't want me to touch the cutout," he said helplessly.
He would get the Professor returned by pressing the upper portion of the cutout flatly onto the desk surface.
He reached a hand toward the cutout, the torso of which still bulged upward from the desk.
Word Origin and History for cutout
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper