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Definition of "crosscut" [cross•cut]

  • To cut or run across or through. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut using a crosscut saw. (verb-transitive)
  • To interweave (two separate, usually concurrent scenes) in a film. (verb-transitive)
  • To use the cinematic technique of crosscutting. (verb-intransitive)
  • Constructed or used for cutting crosswise: crosscut teeth on a saw. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "crosscut" in a sentence
  • "In testing a new lamp for miners, he crept into a "crosscut" of the mine, lamp in hand, and continued there so long and persistently that two men rushed in and drew him out by the feet, the gases having overcome him."
  • "A few feet from the door of the resort is the Cascade Village Lift which accesses the rest of Vail by a crosscut trail, Post Road."
  • "But when I was 17, 16, my father and I cut wood all day long, and I was swinging that crosscut saw and hauling wood, and when I walked in the back door late that afternoon, I was singing ..."