Definition of jump cut in English:

jump cut


  • (in film or television) an abrupt transition from one scene to another.

    • ‘They stand alone, but can also be experienced as a lightning-quick montage of jumpcuts.’
    • ‘Slick dramatic lighting and a varied, enjoyable color design smooth out the film's disjointing plot jump-cuts and occasional coincidences.’
    • ‘Presented in black-and-white documentary-style, with jumpcuts and hand-held shots, the spot dissolves to quick cuts from Ryan's speech before the Trumbull County organization.’
    • ‘There's a jump-cut from the boy stealing his father's car to the moment three days later when his body is found in the water.’
    • ‘We used a lot of jump-cuts and flash-cuts because thoughts happen that way - they come and go suddenly.’


  • (in filmmaking or television) make an abrupt transition from one scene to another.

    • ‘Stone understands composition and action, and knows when to jump cut and when to hold on the moment.’
    • ‘He lassoes one and we jump cut to Smith at night with a fire that has something cooking on a spit.’
    • ‘There's video clips: Henry rants, and the camera jump cuts about every 700 milliseconds to make sure we know how exciting it is.’
    • ‘In suspense scenes with multiple characters, we shouldn't have to jump cut to a brief expository discussion about ‘who's next’ to act as a finger string.’


jump cut

/ˈjəmp ˌkət/