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[kuht-uh-wey] /ˈkʌt əˌweɪ/
Also called cutaway coat. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at the back.
Movies, Television.
  1. a switch from one scene to another for showing simultaneous or related action, creating suspense, etc.
  2. Also called cutaway shot. a shot that abruptly introduces content, scenery, etc., away from the central action.
an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.
Origin of cutaway
1835-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cutaway
  • The double-cutaway, beveled-edge body allows comfortable access to the upper frets.
  • There were several attached to cutaway engines for him to turn so he could watch the parts move.
  • Onto that three- dimensional skull the computer can superpose other elements with different densities, creating a cutaway.
  • His leather suitcase was packed with six shirts, half a dozen butterfly ties, several pairs of socks and a formal cutaway suit.
  • These turbine graphics also include cutaway diagrams that clearly illustrate how turbines produce electricity.
  • cutaway view, exposing the interior of a toroidal colony.
British Dictionary definitions for cutaway


a man's coat cut diagonally from the front waist to the back of the knees
  1. a drawing or model of a machine, engine, etc, in which part of the casing is omitted to reveal the workings
  2. (as modifier): a cutaway model
(films, television) a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
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