cutting ( cuttings plural )
1 n-count A cutting is a piece of writing which has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.
Here are the press cuttings and reviews.
in AM, use clipping
2 n-count A cutting from a plant is a part of the plant that you have cut off so that you can grow a new plant from it.
Take cuttings from it in July or August.
3 n-count A cutting is a narrow valley cut through a hill so that a railway line or road can pass through.
in AM, use cut
4 adj A cutting remark is unkind and likely to hurt someone's feelings. People make cutting remarks to help themselves feel superior or powerful.
cutting board ( cutting boards plural ) A cutting board is a wooden or plastic board that you chop meat and vegetables on.
in BRIT, usually use chopping board
The spelling cutting-edge is used for meaning 3.
1 n-sing If you are at thecutting edgeof a particular field of activity, you are involved in its most important or most exciting developments.
usu at/on the N of n
This shipyard is at the cutting edge of world shipbuilding technology.
2 n-sing If someone or something gives you a cutting edge, they give you an advantage over your competitors.
If Pearce had been fit, we would have won. We missed the cutting edge he would have given us.
3 adj Cutting-edge techniques or equipment are the most advanced that there are in a particular field.
usu ADJ n
What we are planning is cutting-edge technology never seen in Australia before...
Thecutting room in a film production company is the place where the film is edited. n-sing usu the N
Her scene ended up on the cutting room floor.