[kraws-kuht-ing, kros-]

noun Movies, Television.

the technique of intercutting a scene with portions of another scene, especially to heighten suspense by showing simultaneous action.

Origin of crosscutting


[kraws-kuht, kros-]


made or used for cutting crosswise.
cut across the grain or on the bias.


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.

verb (used with object), cross·cut, cross·cut·ting.

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.

verb (used without object), cross·cut, cross·cut·ting.

Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.

Origin of crosscut

First recorded in 1580–90; cross- + cut
Related formscross·cut·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cross-cutting

Historical Examples of cross-cutting

British Dictionary definitions for cross-cutting



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

verb -cuts, -cutting or -cut

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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