- The definition of cut and paste is when text or images are removed from one spot on a computer screen, stored briefly in the computer's internal memory and then inserted into another place.
An example of cut and paste is when you cut the word "cat" out of the following sentence and move it to wherever it makes more sense. The sentence can go from: "The and the hat cat." to "The Cat and the Hat," simply by cutting the word "Cat" and pasting it back into the sentence.
cut-and-paste definition by Webster's New World
cut-and-paste definition by American Heritage Dictionary
cut-and-paste - Computer Definition
To move files, folders and selected text to another location. Cut removes the item from its current location and places it into the clipboard. Paste inserts the current clipboard contents into the new location. "Cut and Paste" Is Often "Copy and Paste" Users very often copy files, folders, images and text from one location to another. However, they often erroneously refer to this as "cut and paste," which is a relocation or "move" and not a "copy." See clipboard, copy and paste and Win Copy between windows.