- the technique of intercutting a scene with portions of another scene, especially to heighten suspense by showing simultaneous action.
Origin of crosscutting
- a transverse cut or course.
- a shortcut by way of an area not ordinarily traversed, as grass or open country; a route that cuts diagonally across a road or path network.
- Mining. an underground passageway, usually from a shaft to a vein of ore or crosswise of a vein of ore.
- Movies, Television. an act or instance of crosscutting.
- a crosscut saw.
- to cut or go across.
- Movies, Television. to insert into a scene or sequence (portions of another scene), as to heighten suspense or suggest simultaneous action.
- Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.
Origin of crosscut
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Examples from the Web for cross-cutting
It seemed to be in one of the chambers connected with the cross-cutting.
So it wasn't hidden back there in that cross-cutting at all?
He was cross-cutting the hillside, line by line, as he ascended.Moon-Face and Other Stories
But all the time we have been talking together you have been having a cross-cutting train of thought underneath.Quiet Talks with World Winners
S. D. Gordon
The boys now began a careful examination of the cross-cutting where the explosion had taken place.
- linking traditionally separate or independent parties or interestsa multi-agency, cross-cutting approach on drugs
- cut at right angles or obliquely to the major axis
- a transverse cut or course
- a less common word for short cut
- mining a tunnel through a vein of ore or from the shaft to a vein
- to cut across
- Also: intercut films to link (two sequences or two shots) so that they appear to be taking place at the same time
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