[ oh-puhn-kuht ]
/ ˈoʊ pənˌkʌt /
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noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which coal and other flat-lying mineral deposits are removed by the excavation of long, narrow trenches.
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Origin of open-cut
First recorded in 1880–85
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How to use open-cut in a sentence
The open cut replaces completely the so-called Bergen Tunnel, which has already become a matter of history.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
The bonnet instantly ducked under his arm, and a line of razor-like knuckles left an open cut under his eye.Danger! and Other Stories|Arthur Conan Doyle
On this level line an open cut was made and the outlet pipe laid.
He was really too weak to go far; and besides, that open cut did seem to be bleeding seriously.The Boy Scouts on the Trail|Herbert Carter
Our first excursion will be to a locality where an open cut has been made for the purpose of carrying on quarrying operations.
British Dictionary definitions for open-cut
civil engineering an excavation made in the open rather than in a tunnelSee cut-and-cover
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