noun Movies, Television.

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


  1. made or used for cutting crosswise.
  2. cut across the grain or on the bias.


  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.

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.

verb (used without object), cross·cut, cross·cut·ting.

  1. Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.


  1. linking traditionally separate or independent parties or interestsa multi-agency, cross-cutting approach on drugs


  1. cut at right angles or obliquely to the major axis


  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

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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