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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

crisscross, traverse, cross, intersect

Examples from the Web for crosscutting

Historical Examples

  • We'd got down about sixty feet, all timbered, and was thinking of crosscutting.

    The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories


  • Blount recalled his men from the drifts where 91they had been working and set them to crosscutting for the vein.

    Shadow Mountain

    Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for crosscutting


  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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