Definition of jump cut in US 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We used a lot of jump-cuts and flash-cuts because thoughts happen that way - they come and go suddenly.’
    • ‘Slick dramatic lighting and a varied, enjoyable color design smooth out the film's disjointing plot jump-cuts and occasional coincidences.’


[no object]
  • (in filmmaking or television) make an abrupt transition from one scene to another.

    ‘the camera jump-cuts to a head-and-shoulders shot of the girl’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zany jump-cuts throughout and an impressive supporting cast that includes the hilarious Janeane Garofalo as Matthew's wife make this wild-goose-chase-turned-revenge-plot refreshing and consistently funny.’
    • ‘He lassoes one and we jump cut to Smith at night with a fire that has something cooking on a spit.’
    • ‘We jump-cut in time, meeting everyone from a prostitute turned schoolteacher to a father who dials his disappeared daughter at a sex-shop number where no one ever answers.’
    • ‘There's video clips: Henry rants, and the camera jump cuts about every 700 milliseconds to make sure we know how exciting it is.’
    • ‘It's nice to see Toback working with a decent budget, and the editing is very interesting: many of the dialogue sequences are filmed entirely in master shots, jump-cutting between takes instead of cutting away to alternate angles.’
    • ‘Right on cue, we jump-cut to a 2003 Corey dressed like it's 1989.’
    • ‘The scenes run on or jump-cut into one another.’
    • ‘Stone understands composition and action, and knows when to jump cut and when to hold on the moment.’


jump cut

/ˈjəmp ˌkət/