from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut or run across or through.
  • transitive v. To cut using a crosscut saw.
  • transitive v. To interweave (two separate, usually concurrent scenes) in a film.
  • intransitive v. To use the cinematic technique of crosscutting.
  • adj. Constructed or used for cutting crosswise: crosscut teeth on a saw.
  • adj. Cut across or crosswise: a crosscut slice of beef; a crosscut incision.
  • n. A course or cut going crosswise.
  • n. A path more direct than the main path; a shortcut.
  • n. A level in a mine driven so that it intersects a vein of ore.
  • n. A crosscut saw.
  • n. An example of the cinematic technique of crosscutting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut across something.
  • v. To cut repeatedly between two concurrent scenes in a film
  • n. A crosswise cut
  • n. A shortcut
  • n. An instance of filmic crosscutting
  • n. A crosscut saw

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short cut across; a path shorter than by the high road.
  • n. A level driven across the course of a vein, or across the main workings, as from one gangway to another.
  • transitive v. To cut across or through; to intersect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut across.
  • n. A direct course from one point to another, crosswise or diagonal to another or the usual one; a shortened road or path.
  • n. In mining: A level driven across the “country,” or so as to connect two levels with each other.
  • n. A trench or opening in the surface-detritus or -soil, at right angles to the supposed course of the lode, made for the purpose of ascertaining the exact position and nature of the latter.
  • Adapted or used for cutting anything crosswise: as, a cross-cut saw or chisel.
  • Cut across the grain or on the bias: as, cross-cut crape.
  • To cross-plow, as in fallowing.
  • n. In mathematics, a line, regarded as a section actually made in the surface, which begins at one point of a boundary, goes into the interior of the surface, and, without anywhere intersecting either another boundary-line or itself, ends at a point of the boundary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a route shorter than the usual one
  • v. cut using a diagonal line
  • n. a diagonal path


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