[ kraws-kuht-ing, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌkʌt ɪŋ, ˈkrɒs- /

noun Movies, Television.

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

Nearby words

  1. crosscourt,
  2. crosscurrent,
  3. crosscut,
  4. crosscut file,
  5. crosscut saw,
  6. crosse,
  7. crossed,
  8. crossed diplopia,
  9. crossed eyes,
  10. crossed hemianesthesia

Origin 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 crosscutting

British Dictionary definitions for crosscutting


/ (ˈkrɒsˌkʌt) /


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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