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Cutting vs. Keen

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Cuttingnoun

The action of the verb to cut.

‘How many different cuttings can this movie undergo?’;

Keenadjective

Often with a prepositional phrase, or with to and an infinitive: showing a quick and ardent responsiveness or willingness; eager, enthusiastic, interested.

‘I’m keen about computers.’; ‘He is keen for help.’; ‘She’s keen to learn another language.’; ‘“Do you want to go on holiday with me?” / “Yes, I’m keen.”’;

Cuttingnoun

(countable) A section removed from the larger whole.

Keenadjective

Fierce, intense, vehement.

‘This boy has a keen appetite.’;

Cuttingnoun

(countable) A newspaper clipping.

Keenadjective

Having a fine edge or point; sharp.

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Cuttingnoun

(countable) A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.

Keenadjective

Acute of mind, having or expressing mental acuteness; penetrating, sharp.

Cuttingnoun

(countable) An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.

‘The actor had to make his cutting shorter to fit the audition time.’;

Keenadjective

Acrimonious, bitter, piercing.

‘keen satire or sarcasm’;

Cuttingnoun

(uncountable) The editing of film or other recordings.

Keenadjective

Of cold, wind, etc.: cutting, penetrating, piercing, sharp.

‘a keen wind’; ‘the cold is very keen’;

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Cuttingnoun

(uncountable) Self-harm; the act of cutting one's own skin.

Keenadjective

(Britain) Extremely low as to be competitive.

‘keen prices’;

Cuttingnoun

(machining) The process of bringing metals to a desired shape by chipping away the unwanted material.

‘Turning, boring, milling, and drilling are all different kinds of metal cutting processes.’;

Keenadjective

Marvelous.

‘I just got this peachy keen new dress.’;

Cuttingnoun

(countable) A narrow passage, dug for a road, railway or canal to go through.

Keenadjective

(obsolete) Brave, courageous; audacious, bold.

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Cuttingadjective

(not comparable) That is used for cutting.

‘I need some sort of cutting utensil to get through this shrink wrap.’;

Keenverb

To make cold, to sharpen.

Cuttingadjective

Of remarks, criticism, etc., potentially hurtful.

‘The director gave the auditioning actors cutting criticism.’;

Keenverb

(intransitive) To utter a keen.

Cuttingadjective

(India) Half-size beverage.

‘cutting chai’;

Keenverb

(transitive) To utter with a loud wailing voice or wordless cry.

Cuttingverb

present participle of cut

Keenverb

(transitive) To mourn.

Cuttingnoun

The act or process of making an incision, or of severing, felling, shaping, etc.

Keennoun

A prolonged wail for a deceased person.

Cuttingnoun

Something cut, cut off, or cut out, as a twig or scion cut off from a stock for the purpose of grafting or of rooting as an independent plant; something cut out of a newspaper; an excavation cut through a hill or elsewhere to make a way for a railroad, canal, etc.; a cut.

Keenadjective

Sharp; having a fine edge or point; as, a keen razor, or a razor with a keen edge.

‘A bow he bare and arwes [arrows] bright and kene.’; ‘That my keen knife see not the wound it makes.’;

Cuttingadjective

Adapted to cut; as, a cutting tool.

Keenadjective

Acute of mind; sharp; penetrating; having or expressing mental acuteness; as, a man of keen understanding; a keen look; keen features.

‘To make our wits more keen.’; ‘Before the keen inquiry of her thought.’;

Cuttingadjective

Chilling; penetrating; sharp; as, a cutting wind.

Keenadjective

Bitter; piercing; acrimonious; cutting; stinging; severe; as, keen satire or sarcasm.

‘Good father cardinal, cry thou amenTo my keen curses.’;

Cuttingadjective

Severe; sarcastic; biting; as, a cutting reply; a cutting remark.

Keenadjective

Piercing; penetrating; cutting; sharp; - applied to cold, wind, etc.; as, a keen wind; the cold is very keen.

‘Breasts the keen air, and carols as he goes.’;

Cuttingnoun

the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film

Keenadjective

Eager; vehement; fierce; as, a keen appetite.

‘So keen and greedy to confound a man.’;

Cuttingnoun

a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting

Keenadjective

Wonderful; delightful; marvelous; as, that would be keen.

Cuttingnoun

the act of cutting something into parts;

‘his cuts were skillful’; ‘his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess’;

Keenverb

To sharpen; to make cold.

‘Cold winter keens the brightening flood.’;

Cuttingnoun

a piece cut off from the main part of something

Keenverb

To wail as a keener does.

Cuttingnoun

an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine;

‘he searched through piles of letters and clippings’;

Keennoun

A prolonged wail for a deceased person. Cf. Coranach.

Cuttingnoun

cutting away parts to create a desired shape

Keennoun

a funeral lament sung with loud wailing

Cuttingnoun

the division of a deck of cards before dealing;

‘he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal’; ‘the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual’;

Keenverb

express grief verbally;

‘we lamented the death of the child’;

Cuttingnoun

the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge;

‘his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels’;

Keenadjective

having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions;

‘an acute observer of politics and politicians’; ‘incisive comments’; ‘icy knifelike reasoning’; ‘as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang’; ‘penetrating insight’; ‘frequent penetrative observations’;

Cuttingnoun

the act of diluting something;

‘the cutting of whiskey with water’; ‘the thinning of paint with turpentine’;

Keenadjective

intense or sharp;

‘suffered exquisite pain’; ‘felt exquisite pleasure’;

Cuttingnoun

the act of shortening something by cutting off the ends;

‘the barber gave him a good cut’;

Keenadjective

very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation;

‘an incisive mind’; ‘a keen intelligence’; ‘of sharp and active intellect’;

Cuttingadjective

(of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character;

‘cutting remarks’; ‘edged satire’; ‘a stinging comment’;

Keenadjective

very good;

‘he did a bully job’; ‘a neat sports car’; ‘had a great time at the party’; ‘you look simply smashing’;

Cuttingadjective

unpleasantly cold and damp;

‘bleak winds of the North Atlantic’;

Keenadjective

as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument;

‘a cutting wind’; ‘keen winds’; ‘knifelike cold’; ‘piercing knifelike pains’; ‘piercing cold’; ‘piercing criticism’; ‘a stabbing pain’; ‘lancinating pain’;

Cuttingadjective

as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument;

‘a cutting wind’; ‘keen winds’; ‘knifelike cold’; ‘piercing knifelike pains’; ‘piercing cold’; ‘piercing criticism’; ‘a stabbing pain’; ‘lancinating pain’;

Keenadjective

having a sharp cutting edge or point;

‘a keen blade’;

Cuttingadjective

suitable for cutting or severing;

‘a cutting tool’; ‘the cutting edge’;

Keenadjective

having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm

‘a keen gardener’; ‘John was keen to help’;

Cuttingnoun

the action of cutting something

‘the cutting of the cake’; ‘tax-cutting’;

Keenadjective

interested in or attracted by (someone or something)

‘Bob makes it obvious he's keen on her’;

Cuttingnoun

a piece cut off from something, especially what remains when something is being trimmed or prepared

‘grass cuttings’;

Keenadjective

(of a sense) highly developed

‘I have keen eyesight’;

Cuttingnoun

an article or other piece cut from a newspaper or periodical

‘an archive of newspaper cuttings’;

Keenadjective

having or showing great perception or insight

‘a keen understanding of animal psychology’; ‘her keen intellect’;

Cuttingnoun

a piece cut from a plant for propagation

‘take cuttings of Christmas cactus and pot them on’;

Keenadjective

(of the edge or point of a blade) sharp

‘the keen blade went through the weeds’;

Cuttingnoun

an open passage excavated through higher ground for a railway, road, or canal

‘they found the cutting and scrambled down the slope’;

Keenadjective

(of the air or wind) extremely cold; biting

‘a keen wind cut through their thick overalls’;

Cuttingadjective

capable of cutting something

‘the cutting blades of the hedge trimmer’;

Keenadjective

(of a smell, light, or sound) penetrating; clear

‘ear-splitting explosive bursts, keen and sharp’;

Cuttingadjective

(of a comment) causing emotional pain; hurtful

‘a cutting remark’;

Keenadjective

(of activity or feeling) intense

‘there could be keen competition to provide the service’;

Cuttingadjective

(of the wind) bitterly cold

‘cutting winter winds’;

Keenadjective

(of prices) very low; competitive

‘we offer extremely keen rates’;

Cutting

Cutting is the separation or opening of a physical object, into two or more portions, through the application of an acutely directed force. Implements commonly used for cutting are the knife and saw, or in medicine and science the scalpel and microtome.

Keenadjective

excellent

‘I would soon fly to distant stars—how keen!’;

Keenverb

wail in grief for a dead person

‘the body of Johnny was taken by his own people who keened over him’; ‘their keening womenfolk’;

Keenverb

make an eerie wailing sound

‘the keening of the cold night wind’;

Keennoun

an Irish funeral song accompanied by wailing in lamentation for the dead.

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