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[kraws-kuht-ing, kros-]
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noun Movies, Television.
  1. the technique of intercutting a scene with portions of another scene, especially to heighten suspense by showing simultaneous action.
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Origin of crosscutting


[kraws-kuht, kros-]
  1. made or used for cutting crosswise.
  2. cut across the grain or on the bias.
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  1. a transverse cut or course.
  2. 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.
  3. Mining. an underground passageway, usually from a shaft to a vein of ore or crosswise of a vein of ore.
  4. Movies, Television. an act or instance of crosscutting.
  5. a crosscut saw.
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verb (used with object), cross·cut, cross·cut·ting.
  1. to cut or go across.
  2. Movies, Television. to insert into a scene or sequence (portions of another scene), as to heighten suspense or suggest simultaneous action.
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verb (used without object), cross·cut, cross·cut·ting.
  1. Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.
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Origin of crosscut

First recorded in 1580–90; cross- + cut
Related formscross·cut·ter, noun
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Related Words

converge, crisscross, divide, traverse, cut, join, separate, decussate, cross, crosscut, bisect, touch, meet, intersect, intertwine, lace, intercross

Examples from the Web for cross-cutting

Historical Examples

  • So it wasn't hidden back there in that cross-cutting at all?

    The Call of the Beaver Patrol

    V. T. Sherman

  • It seemed to be in one of the chambers connected with the cross-cutting.

  • He was cross-cutting the hillside, line by line, as he ascended.

  • But all the time we have been talking together you have been having a cross-cutting train of thought underneath.

  • The boys now began a careful examination of the cross-cutting where the explosion had taken place.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-cutting


  1. linking traditionally separate or independent parties or interestsa multi-agency, cross-cutting approach on drugs
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  1. cut at right angles or obliquely to the major axis
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  1. a transverse cut or course
  2. a less common word for short cut
  3. mining a tunnel through a vein of ore or from the shaft to a vein
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verb -cuts, -cutting or -cut
  1. to cut across
  2. 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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