In forestry, cutting back the less tough, competing vegetation, for example, ground cover like bracken. A form of clearing.
The cutting and piling of small diameter young trees or brush.
These are the knife cuts you make in the top of a loaf of bread before baking. Making the cuts is more than being artistic or decorative. The slashing allows the carbon dioxide produced during the baking process to escape without the loaf bursting in many places. (see flying crust, see scoring)