Meaning of undercut

un•der•cut

Pronunciation: (v.un"dur-kut', un'dur-kut"n., adj.,un'dur-kut"), [key]
— v., n., adj. -cut, -cut•ting,
—v.t.
  1. to cut under or beneath.
  2. to cut away material from so as to leave a portion overhanging, as in carving or sculpture.
  3. to offer goods or services at a lower price or rate than (a competing price or rate) or than that of (a competitor).
  4. to weaken or destroy the impact or effectiveness of; undermine.
  5. to hit (the ball) so as to cause a backspin.
  6. to slice (the ball) using an underhand motion.
  7. to cut (a sound recording) with grooves too shallow or with insufficient lateral motion of the stylus.
  8. to cut a notch in (a tree) in order to control the direction in which the tree is to fall.
—v.i.
  1. to undercut material, a competitor, a ball, etc.
—n.
  1. a cut or a cutting away underneath.
  2. a notch cut in a tree to determine the direction in which the tree is to fall and to prevent splitting.
  3. a backspin.
  4. a slice or cut made with an underhand motion.
  5. a tenderloin of beef including the fillet.
  6. a tooth cavity prepared with a wide base for anchoring a filling securely.
—adj.
  1. having or resulting from an undercut.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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