revenue cutter
Cutter Cut"ter (k[u^]t"t[~e]r), n. 1. One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments. [1913 Webster]

2. That which cuts; a machine or part of a machine, or a tool or instrument used for cutting, as that part of a mower which severs the stalk, or as a paper cutter. [1913 Webster]

3. A fore tooth; an incisor. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (a) A boat used by ships of war. (b) A fast sailing vessel with one mast, rigged in most essentials like a {sloop}. A cutter is narrower and deeper than a {sloop} of the same length, and depends for stability on a deep keel, often heavily weighted with lead. (c) In the United States, a sailing vessel with one mast and a bowsprit, setting one or two headsails. In Great Britain and Europe, a cutter sets two headsails, with or without a bowsprit. (d) A small armed vessel, usually a steamer, in the revenue marine service; -- also called {revenue cutter}. [1913 Webster +RH]

5. A small, light one-horse sleigh. [1913 Webster]

6. An officer in the exchequer who notes by cutting on the tallies the sums paid. [1913 Webster]

7. A ruffian; a bravo; a destroyer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

8. A kind of soft yellow brick, used for facework; -- so called from the facility with which it can be cut. [1913 Webster]

{Cutter bar}. (Mach.) (a) A bar which carries a cutter or cutting tool, as in a boring machine. (b) The bar to which the triangular knives of a harvester are attached.

{Cutter head} (Mach.), a rotating head, which itself forms a cutter, or a rotating stock to which cutters may be attached, as in a planing or matching machine. --Knight. [1913 Webster]


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  • Revenue cutter — Revenue Rev e*nue, n. [F. revenu, OF. revenue, fr. revenir to return, L. revenire; pref. re re + venire to come. See {Come}.] 1. That which returns, or comes back, from an investment; the annual rents, profits, interest, or issues of any species… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • revenue cutter — noun : an armed government vessel employed especially to enforce revenue laws and prevent smuggling * * * cutter (def. 4). [1780 90] * * * revenue cutter noun (historical) An armed vessel employed in preventing smuggling • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • revenue cutter — cutter (def. 4). [1780 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • revenue cutter — /rɛvənju ˈkʌtə/ (say revuhnyooh kutuh) noun British → cutter (def. 6) …   Australian English dictionary

  • revenue cutter — noun Date: 1790 an armed government vessel employed especially to enforce revenue laws …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • United States Revenue Cutter Service — The United States Revenue Cutter Service was established by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in 1790 as an armed maritime law enforcement service. Throughout its entire existence the Revenue Cutter Service operated under the authority …   Wikipedia

  • Cutter — Cut ter (k[u^]t t[ e]r), n. 1. One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments. [1913 Webster] 2. That which cuts; a machine or part of a machine, or a tool or instrument used for cutting, as that part of a mower… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cutter bar — Cutter Cut ter (k[u^]t t[ e]r), n. 1. One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments. [1913 Webster] 2. That which cuts; a machine or part of a machine, or a tool or instrument used for cutting, as that part of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cutter head — Cutter Cut ter (k[u^]t t[ e]r), n. 1. One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments. [1913 Webster] 2. That which cuts; a machine or part of a machine, or a tool or instrument used for cutting, as that part of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cutter — [kut′ər] n. 1. a device, tool, or machine for cutting 2. a person who cuts or whose work is cutting; specif., a person whose work is cutting to patterns the sections that form a garment 3. a) a boat carried, esp. formerly, aboard large ships to… …   English World dictionary

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