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See also: cut-off and cut off


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cut +‎ off


cutoff (plural cutoffs)

  1. The point at which something terminates or to which it is limited.
    1. (medicine) A cutoff point (cutoff value, threshold value, cutpoint): the amount set by an operational definition as the transition point between states in a discretization or dichotomization.
  2. A road, path or channel that provides a shorter or quicker path; a shortcut.
  3. A device that stops the flow of a current.
  4. A device for saving steam by regulating its admission to the cylinder (see quotation at cut-off).
  5. A cessation in a flow or activity.
    • 1985, Alfred Brenner, The TV Scriptwriter's Handbook (page 144)
      If the treatment is approved, a script is written. If the script is approved, it goes into production. But this is usually a long and painful process. A cutoff can take place (and often does) at any step along the way.
  6. (poker) The player who acts directly before the player on the button pre-flop.
  7. (fashion, chiefly in the plural) Shorts made by cutting off the legs from trousers.
    • 2021 July 22, Guy Trebay, “Suddenly It’s Bare Season”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      [] I spotted through the window a young woman casually crossing Astor Place wearing a pair of cutoffs, some sandals and — it is fully legal to do this — naked above the waist.
  8. (journalism) A horizontal line separating sections of the page.
    • 1919, The Washington Newspaper
      Light-face type, cutoffs, borders and rules are the universal plan. No black body matter and almost no black headlines appear.

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cutoff (not comparable)

  1. Constituting a limit or ending.
  2. (psychology, medicine) Designating a score or value demarcating the presence (or absence) of a disease, condition, or similar.