Meaning of cross-cut in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɒskʌt/


[with object]
  • 1Cut (wood or stone) across its main grain or axis.

    ‘they cross-cut the timber before its removal’
    • ‘Then all you need to do is cross-cut the lengths.’
    • ‘Her left knee buckled like a tree being cross-cut at its base.’
    • ‘Use a jigsaw to crosscut the board adjacent to a joist.’
    • ‘The resulting mixture is cut into strips, then crosscut into cubes.’
    • ‘I then crosscut the shelf to the width of the shadowbox and attached the bat to the shelf using galvanized wire.’
  • 2Alternate (one sequence) with another when editing a film.

    ‘the opening sequence cross-cuts the reluctant confessions of a young wife with the hippy's arrival’
    • ‘they were cross-cutting from one story to another’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the show does is cross-cut frantically.’
    • ‘The filmmaker cross-cuts his desperate, but primal, art making with their desperate, but primal, lovemaking.’
    • ‘The work cross-cuts between artificially smooth tracking and frozen-frame shots.’
    • ‘He constantly cross-cuts from pursuers to pursued to keep the pace up.’
    • ‘He then cross-cuts to aerial shots of the vehicles.’
    • ‘The director crosscuts between them.’
    • ‘At precisely this moment the film crosscuts back to the sickroom.’
    • ‘Here, the visual focus crosscuts between two sites.’
    • ‘The new film crosscuts between locations repeatedly.’
    • ‘All of these conflicts come to a head in a colorful finale that crosscuts between a final football match and his traditional wedding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He crosscuts their obsessive stories with hilarious footage from circuses and old sci-fi films.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slow motion, rapidly crosscut with regular speed footage, gives a sense of the breakneck pace of battle.’
    • ‘Some sequences are crosscut with a variety of short scenes, while others bring the camera in for close-up views.’


  • 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.’
  • 2An instance of alternating between two or more sequences when editing a film.

    ‘movies today are all cross-cuts and violent effects’
    • ‘Incessant and intrusive editing, numerous jump- and cross-cuts and confounding time shifts, work to disorient the viewer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This line is followed by a quick cross-cut to Bruno's hands.’
    • ‘His words work like cross-cuts in a movie.’
    • ‘The frantic zooms, the crazed crosscuts, the up-the-nostrils close-ups, the rollercoaster spin shots; it never stops, for two agonising hours.’
    • ‘A series of crosscuts to simultaneous scenes bodes ill.’


  • (of a file) having two sets of grooves crossing each other diagonally.