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crosscut

[kraws-kuht, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌkʌt, ˈkrɒs-/
adjective
1.
made or used for cutting crosswise.
2.
cut across the grain or on the bias.
noun
3.
a transverse cut or course.
4.
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.
5.
Mining. an underground passageway, usually from a shaft to a vein of ore or crosswise of a vein of ore.
6.
Movies, Television. an act or instance of crosscutting.
7.
verb (used with object), crosscut, crosscutting.
8.
to cut or go across.
9.
Movies, Television. to insert into a scene or sequence (portions of another scene), as to heighten suspense or suggest simultaneous action.
verb (used without object), crosscut, crosscutting.
10.
Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.
Origin of crosscut
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; cross- + cut
Related forms
crosscutter, noun
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Examples from the Web for crosscut
Historical Examples
  • The bow oarsman pushed off the boat, and she was headed up the crosscut.

    Watch and Wait Oliver Optic
  • Axes, crosscut saws, mauls, and wedges were the means of manufacture.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • No, we thought of doing a bit of crosscut sawing for a change.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The wheelbarrows and the grindstone and the two crosscut saws were another matter.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
  • Hence we had brought a crosscut saw—a long one with two handles.

  • It did not surprise me that next day I had to forget my crosscut saw exercise.

  • That experience determined me to stick to crosscut sawing every day.

  • Mr. Goodsil and Mr. Vanater went back after more of the supplies, which included another good axe and a crosscut saw.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • From east and west the "drifts" run into this crosscut, like little creeks into a larger stream.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The stem should next be undercut with the saws (rip and crosscut) so as to make place for the rudder.

British Dictionary definitions for crosscut

crosscut

/ˈkrɒsˌkʌt/
adjective
1.
cut at right angles or obliquely to the major axis
noun
2.
a transverse cut or course
3.
a less common word for short cut
4.
(mining) a tunnel through a vein of ore or from the shaft to a vein
verb -cuts, -cutting, -cut
5.
to cut across
6.
(films) Also intercut. to link (two sequences or two shots) so that they appear to be taking place at the same time
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