Cut"-off` (k?t"?f`; 115), n.
That which cuts off or shortens, as a nearer passage or road.
2. Mach. (a)
The valve gearing or mechanism by which steam is cut off from entering the cylinder of a steam engine after a definite point in a stroke, so as to allow the remainder of the stroke to be made by the expansive force of the steam already let in. See Expansion gear, under Expansion.
Any device for stopping or changing a current, as of grain or water in a spout.
© Webster 1913.