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wood·cut·ter / ˈwoŏdˌkətər/ • n. 1. a person who cuts down trees or branches, esp. for fuel.2. a person who makes woodcuts.DERIVATIVES: wood·cut·ting n.


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wood·cut / ˈwoŏdˌkət/ • n. a print of a type made from a design cut in a block of wood, formerly widely used for illustrations in books. Compare with wood engraving. ∎  the technique of making such prints.


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woodcut Oldest method of printing, using designs carved into wood. The carving produces a negative image: the carved areas representing blank spaces while the flat areas retain the ink. Woodcuts were invented in China in the 5th century ad, and became popular in Europe in the Middle Ages.