Cutting vs Shears - What's the difference?

cutting | shears |

As verbs the difference between cutting and shears

is that cutting is present participle of lang=en while shears is third-person singular of shear.

As nouns the difference between cutting and shears

is that cutting is the action of the verb to cut while shears is plural of lang=en.

As an adjective cutting

is that is used for cutting.




  • Noun

  • (countable, uncountable) The action of the verb to cut .
  • How many different cuttings can this movie undergo?
  • (countable) A section removed from the larger whole.
  • (countable) A newspaper clipping.
  • (countable) A leaf, stem, branch, or root removed from a plant and cultivated to grow a new plant.
  • (countable) An abridged selection of written work, often intended for performance.
  • The actor had to make his ''cutting'' shorter to fit the audition time.
  • (uncountable) The editing of film or other recordings.
  • (uncountable) Self-harm; the act of cutting one's own skin.
  • (countable) A narrow passage, dug for a road, railway or canal to go through.
  • *1876 , , Journey by Train :
  • *:WE flash across the level.
  • *:We thunder thro' the bridges.
  • *:We bicker down the cuttings .
  • *:We sway along the ridges.
  • Synonyms

    * (narrow passage for a transportation route) cut


    (en adjective)
  • (not comparable) That is used for cutting.
  • I need some sort of cutting utensil to get through this shrink wrap.
  • Of remarks, criticism, etc., potentially hurtful.
  • The director gave the auditioning actors cutting criticism.




  • (plurale tantum) A tool consisting of two blades with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, used for cutting cloth, or for removing the fleece from sheep etc
  • The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured.
  • the shears of a lathe or planer
  • An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle. Also sheers.
  • Usage notes

    * The tool was once used in the singular.


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