[ kyoo-tin ]

  1. a transparent, waxy substance constituting, together with cellulose, the cuticle of plants.

Origin of cutin

1860–65; <Latin cut(is) skin, cutis + -in2

Other definitions for cut-in (2 of 2)

[ kuht-in ]

  1. Movies. a still, as of a scene or an object, inserted in a film and interrupting the action or continuity: We will insert a cut-in of the letter as she reads it.

  2. Radio and Television. a commercial or other announcement inserted by a local station into a network broadcast.

  1. the act of cutting in, as on a dancing couple.

Origin of cut-in

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase cut in Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cutin in a sentence

  • This is only a sort of 'cut-in' effect, anyhow—a preliminary to the grand performance that is to come later.

  • With this wiring layout, any number of batteries from one to ten may be cut-in by means of the switches.

  • A cut-in head is set in a panel, with or without rule, after the second or third line of the first paragraph.

    Typesetting | A. A. Stewart
  • But instead of commencing at once to cut-in, Captain Count gave orders to pile on all sail and keep her away up the Straits.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot | Frank T. Bullen
  • Just after we started to cut-in a boat appeared alongside with six Maories and half-breeds on board.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot | Frank T. Bullen

British Dictionary definitions for cutin (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkjuːtɪn) /

  1. a waxy waterproof substance, consisting of derivatives of fatty acids, that is the main constituent of the plant cuticle

Origin of cutin

C19: from Latin cutis skin + -in

British Dictionary definitions for cut in (2 of 2)

cut in

  1. Also: cut into (intr often foll by on) to break in or interrupt

  2. (intr) to interrupt a dancing couple to dance with one of them

  1. (intr) (of a driver, motor vehicle, etc) to draw in front of another vehicle leaving too little space

  2. (tr) informal to allow to have a share

  3. (intr) to take the place of a person in a card game

  1. Also called: insert films a separate shot or scene inserted at a relevant point

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Scientific definitions for cutin


[ kyōōtn ]

  1. A waxlike, water-repellent polyester consisting of fatty acids and aromatic compounds that occurs naturally in the walls of many plant cells. Cutin acts together with wax to form the cuticle, a barrier protecting the aboveground surfaces of plants from water loss and microbial attack.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cutin


Move oneself between others, take a place ahead of one's proper turn. For example, She was very aggressive, always cutting in the cafeteria line. [Early 1600s]

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