- the technique of intercutting a scene with portions of another scene, especially to heighten suspense by showing simultaneous action.
Origin of crosscutting
- 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.
- a crosscut saw.
- 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.
- Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.
Origin of crosscut
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Examples from the Web for crosscutting
We'd got down about sixty feet, all timbered, and was thinking of crosscutting.
Blount recalled his men from the drifts where 91they had been working and set them to crosscutting for the vein.Shadow Mountain
- 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
- 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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