One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Cut (wood or stone) across its main grain or axis.
- ‘Then all you need to do is cross-cut the lengths.’
- ‘I then crosscut the shelf to the width of the shadowbox and attached the bat to the shelf using galvanized wire.’
- ‘The resulting mixture is cut into strips, then crosscut into cubes.’
- ‘Her left knee buckled like a tree being cross-cut at its base.’
- ‘Use a jigsaw to crosscut the board adjacent to a joist.’
2Alternate (one sequence) with another when editing a movie.
- ‘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.’
- ‘At precisely this moment the film crosscuts back to the sickroom.’
- ‘The new film crosscuts between locations repeatedly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Here, the visual focus crosscuts between two sites.’
- ‘He crosscuts their obsessive stories with hilarious footage from circuses and old sci-fi films.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He cross-cuts their story with the tale of ‘boarded-out’ orphans sent to the Western Isles.’
- ‘She chose to cross-cut the president's remarks with news commentary and parliamentary footage.’
- ‘He constantly cross-cuts from pursuers to pursued to keep the pace up.’
- ‘All of these conflicts come to a head in a colorful finale that crosscuts between a final football match and his traditional wedding.’
- ‘The director crosscuts between them.’
- ‘The work cross-cuts between artificially smooth tracking and frozen-frame shots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Some sequences are crosscut with a variety of short scenes, while others bring the camera in for close-up views.’
- ‘He then cross-cuts to aerial shots of the vehicles.’
- ‘All the show does is cross-cut frantically.’
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Additional crosscuts were driven from the 12th and 30th levels of the mine to determine the characteristics of the ore at greater depths.’
- ‘At the bottom of the shaft two 700-foot crosscuts were driven in a northwest and southeast direction.’
- ‘The mine was worked by tributers, who recovered a small amount of copper from the crosscuts.’
- ‘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.’
2An instance of alternating between two or more sequences when editing a movie.
- ‘His words work like cross-cuts in a movie.’
- ‘This line is followed by a quick cross-cut to Bruno's hands.’
- ‘Incessant and intrusive editing, numerous jump- and cross-cuts and confounding time shifts, work to disorient the viewer.’
- ‘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.’
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