—cuttingly, adv. —cuttingness, n./kut"ing/, n.1. the act of a person or thing that cuts.2. something cut, cut off, or cut out.3. Hort. a piece, as a root, stem, or leaf, cut from a plant and used for propagation.4. something made by cutting, as a recording.5. Chiefly Brit. a clipping from a newspaper, magazine, etc.6. Brit. a trenchlike excavation, esp. through a hill, as one made in constructing a highway.adj.7. that cuts; penetrating or dividing by, or as if by, a cut.8. piercing, as a wind.9. wounding the feelings severely; sarcastic.[1350-1400; ME; see CUT, -ING1, -ING2]Syn. 9. caustic, biting, mordant, acid, sardonic.
* * *In botany, a plant section originating from the stem, leaf, or root and capable of developing into a new plant.The cutting is usually placed in warm, moist sand. Many plants, especially horticultural and garden varieties, are propagated through cuttings; by the use of new techniques, many other plants formerly not susceptible to propagation through cuttings have more successfully reproduced. The plants that develop from cuttings are clones. See also graft, layering.
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