Pronunciation: (kut'u-wā"), [key]
1. Also called cut'away coat'. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at the back.
2. Motion Pictures, Television.
a. a switch from one scene to another for showing simultaneous or related action, creating suspense, etc.
b. Also called cut'away shot". a shot that abruptly introduces content, scenery, etc., away from the central action.
3. an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.
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