Origin of crosscut

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

crisscross, traverse, cross, intersect

Examples from the Web for crosscut

Historical Examples of crosscut

  • 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 wheelbarrows and the grindstone and the two crosscut saws were another matter.


    H. Beam Piper

  • Hence we had brought a crosscut saw—a long one with two handles.

British Dictionary definitions for crosscut



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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