An underground practitioner of extreme body modifications, such as castration, subincisions, hood removal and other such bod mods. As few surgeons or doctors will perform such procedures, others are willing to step in without the troublesome question of medical license and malpractice. Formal medical education is the exception, but most cutters are very skilled in what they do.

Alternatively, someone who cuts into the the skin into their skin or the skin of others. The reasons behind this can range from scarification, an aesthetic modification similar to tattooing popular among melanin-rich ethnic groups and certain SM lesbian subcultures, release, as a fair amount of people find the act relaxing and a way to reassert control over their lives, and self-injurious behavior or SIB, where the cutting becomes a dangerous obsession that needs to be checked through therapy.

Cut"ter (k?t"t?r), n.

1.

One who cuts; as, a stone cutter; a die cutter; esp., one who cuts out garments.

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.

3.

A fore tooth; an incisor.

Ray.

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 end deeper than a sloop of the same length, and depends for stability on a deep keel, often heavily weighted with lead.

(c)

A small armed vessel, usually a steamer, in the revenue marine service; -- also called revenue cutter.

5.

A small, light one-horse sleigh.

6.

An officer in the exchequer who notes by cutting on the tallies the sums paid.

7.

A ruffian; a bravo; a destroyer.

[Obs.]

8.

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

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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