- 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 crosscut
The bow oarsman pushed off the boat, and she was headed up the Crosscut.Watch and Wait
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
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.Tales of lonely trails
- 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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