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cutout

[kuht-out] /ˈkʌtˌaʊt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
an act or instance of cutting out.
4.
Slang. a trusted intermediary between two espionage agents or agencies.
5.
Electricity. a device for the manual or automatic interruption of electric current.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; noun use of verb phrase cut out
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Examples for cutout
  • He keeps a life-size cutout of the film and comic-book character in his office for inspiration.
  • Samantha's face and paws protrude from the cutout door.
  • Center the cutout circle over each pot and trace its outline.
  • The drawers below the cooktop have cutout handles instead of pulls to let air cool the hot surface.
  • Then he plants potatoes in every cutout so the greenery can grow outside, but leaving the root inside.
  • The cardboard cutout of the movie star squints back in utter disgust, as if itching to gun him down.
  • We lit it from behind, and used tiny cutout figures on knitting needles to make a shadow show of people flying over the city.
  • The two figures appear on the left, and the cutout parts of me on the right.
  • Then, you can add this blue-screen-style cutout to another background.
  • The cornily animated talking mouths of each celebrity's cutout image.
British Dictionary definitions for cutout

cut out

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) to delete or remove
2.
(transitive) to shape or form by cutting to cut out a dress
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to suit or equip for you're not cut out for this job
4.
(intransitive) (of an engine, etc) to cease to operate suddenly
5.
(transitive) (printing) to remove the background from a photograph or drawing to make the outline of the subject stand out
6.
(intransitive) (of an electrical device) to switch off, usually automatically
7.
(transitive) (informal) to oust and supplant (a rival)
8.
(intransitive) (of a person) to be excluded from a card game
9.
(transitive) (informal) to cease doing something, esp something undesirable (esp in the phrase cut it out)
10.
(transitive) (soccer) to intercept (a pass)
11.
(transitive) to separate (cattle) from a herd
12.
(intransitive) (Austral & NZ) to end or finish the road cuts out at the creek
13.
have one's work cut out, to have as much work as one can manage
noun
14.
something that has been or is intended to be cut out from something else
15.
a photograph or drawing from which the background has been cut away
16.
a device that switches off or interrupts an electric circuit, esp a switch acting as a safety device
17.
an impressed stamp cut out from an envelope for collecting purposes
18.
(Austral, slang) the end of shearing
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Word Origin and History for cutout
n.

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

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