One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cut (wood or stone) across its main grain or axis.
- ‘Her left knee buckled like a tree being cross-cut at its base.’
- ‘I then crosscut the shelf to the width of the shadowbox and attached the bat to the shelf using galvanized wire.’
- ‘Then all you need to do is cross-cut the lengths.’
- ‘Use a jigsaw to crosscut the board adjacent to a joist.’
- ‘The resulting mixture is cut into strips, then crosscut into cubes.’
2Alternate (one sequence) with another when editing a movie.
- ‘All of these conflicts come to a head in a colorful finale that crosscuts between a final football match and his traditional wedding.’
- ‘The new film crosscuts between locations repeatedly.’
- ‘The opening sequence features a blade being sharpened on stone, quickly cross-cutting to a chaotic chase in which a gang of desperadoes attempt to capture a rogue chicken.’
- ‘At precisely this moment the film crosscuts back to the sickroom.’
- ‘All the show does is cross-cut frantically.’
- ‘This scene, set in the Hong Kong girl's hotel room, is crosscut with two other scenes in what, for this film, is a burst of quickly edited action.’
- ‘It's stunning, as the material is crosscut - one story feeding into and around the other - and hearing 180 degree opposite accounts of what happened that day.’
- ‘Some sequences are crosscut with a variety of short scenes, while others bring the camera in for close-up views.’
- ‘The director crosscuts between them.’
- ‘He cross-cuts their story with the tale of ‘boarded-out’ orphans sent to the Western Isles.’
- ‘He constantly cross-cuts from pursuers to pursued to keep the pace up.’
- ‘He then cross-cuts to aerial shots of the vehicles.’
- ‘The work cross-cuts between artificially smooth tracking and frozen-frame shots.’
- ‘Here, the visual focus crosscuts between two sites.’
- ‘The novel is a love story and he begins to crosscut scenes of the developing relationship between Alex and Emma with those of Adam and Emma.’
- ‘The filmmaker cross-cuts his desperate, but primal, art making with their desperate, but primal, lovemaking.’
- ‘Slow motion, rapidly crosscut with regular speed footage, gives a sense of the breakneck pace of battle.’
- ‘She chose to cross-cut the president's remarks with news commentary and parliamentary footage.’
- ‘He crosscuts their obsessive stories with hilarious footage from circuses and old sci-fi films.’
1A diagonal cut, especially one across the main grain or axis of wood or stone.
- ‘A professional-quality miter box or, preferably, a 10-inch power miter saw are required for the precision miters and crosscuts.’
- ‘For crosscuts up to 22 1/2 in., flip the square around and place its long blade against the saw shoe.’
- 1.1short for crosscut saw
- 1.2Mining A cutting made across the course of a vein or the general direction of the workings.
- ‘The mine was worked by tributers, who recovered a small amount of copper from the crosscuts.’
- ‘At the bottom of the shaft two 700-foot crosscuts were driven in a northwest and southeast direction.’
- ‘Current mining follows a careful plan in which crosscuts are run at discrete intervals off of the main level 5 access drift toward areas of potentially productive ground.’
- ‘In 1955, a 750-foot crosscut was driven in a northwest direction on the 38th level to intersect an ore shoot outlined by underground diamond drilling.’
- ‘Additional crosscuts were driven from the 12th and 30th levels of the mine to determine the characteristics of the ore at greater depths.’
2An instance of alternating between two or more sequences when editing a movie.
- ‘This line is followed by a quick cross-cut to Bruno's hands.’
- ‘A series of crosscuts to simultaneous scenes bodes ill.’
- ‘The frantic zooms, the crazed crosscuts, the up-the-nostrils close-ups, the rollercoaster spin shots; it never stops, for two agonising hours.’
- ‘Intercut with images of a world of ice-covered trees along with numerous other rapid cross-cuts, the result is bizarre and disorienting in the extreme.’
- ‘His words work like cross-cuts in a movie.’
- ‘Incessant and intrusive editing, numerous jump- and cross-cuts and confounding time shifts, work to disorient the viewer.’
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