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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cutout

Historical Examples of cutout

  • 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.

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  • He would get the Professor returned by pressing the upper portion of the cutout flatly onto the desk surface.

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  • He reached a hand toward the cutout, the torso of which still bulged upward from the desk.

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Word Origin and History for cutout

1851, from verbal phrase, from cut (v.) + out (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper