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crosscutting

[kraws-kuht-ing, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌkʌt ɪŋ, ˈkrɒs-/
noun, Movies, Television.
1.
the technique of intercutting a scene with portions of another scene, especially to heighten suspense by showing simultaneous action.
Origin

crosscut

[kraws-kuht, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌkʌt, ˈkrɒs-/
adjective
1.
made or used for cutting crosswise.
2.
cut across the grain or on the bias.
noun
3.
a transverse cut or course.
4.
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.
5.
Mining. an underground passageway, usually from a shaft to a vein of ore or crosswise of a vein of ore.
6.
Movies, Television. an act or instance of crosscutting.
7.
verb (used with object), crosscut, crosscutting.
8.
to cut or go across.
9.
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), crosscut, crosscutting.
10.
Movies, Television. to employ the technique of crosscutting.
Origin
1580-90; cross- + cut
Related forms
crosscutter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-cutting

cross-cutting

adjective
1.
linking traditionally separate or independent parties or interests: a multi-agency, cross-cutting approach on drugs

crosscut

/ˈkrɒsˌkʌt/
adjective
1.
cut at right angles or obliquely to the major axis
noun
2.
a transverse cut or course
3.
a less common word for short cut
4.
(mining) a tunnel through a vein of ore or from the shaft to a vein
verb -cuts, -cutting, -cut
5.
to cut across
6.
(films) Also intercut. to link (two sequences or two shots) so that they appear to be taking place at the same time
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