cross·​cut | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkət How to pronounce crosscut (audio) , -ˈkət \
crosscut; crosscutting; crosscuts

Definition of crosscut

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cut, go, or move across or through
2 : to cut with a crosscut saw
3 : to subject (something, such as movie scenes) to crosscutting



Definition of crosscut (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : made or used for cutting transversely a saw with crosscut teeth
2 : cut across or transversely a crosscut incision


cross·​cut | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkət How to pronounce crosscut (audio) \

Definition of crosscut (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : something that cuts across or through specifically : a mine working driven horizontally and at right angles to an adit, drift, or level
4 : an instance of crosscutting (as in a movie)

Examples of crosscut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Posts Rip and crosscut the post faces and sides to finished size. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2021 Two men loitering nearby are surreptitiously taping the argument, and the company has crosscut shaky footage from their cameras with video taken from the balcony above Mr. Matsumoto’s shop to give several perspectives on the exchange. New York Times, 6 May 2021 Chances are pretty good that the machine will come with an inexpensive general-purpose blade that can rip and crosscut, but won’t do either one particularly well. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2021 Crosscut the top of the T-brace and attach with four screws. Hold the shelf support in position, mark its length, and crosscut it. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 23 Jan. 2021 Simply trim away the branches and then crosscut the tree trunk into wooden disks. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 26 Dec. 2020 Butt one end up to the stopblock and crosscut the leg to size. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 14 Nov. 2020 Rip the panels to finished width, and crosscut the top and bottom panels to length. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2020 Next, crosscut the cleats to fit between the sides, and attach the cleats by driving screws through the case sides. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 26 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Number of teeth: 140 | Purpose: Rip and crosscut plywood, door skins, veneers and vinyl siding. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2020 In Cornel Wilde’s No Blade of Grass (1970), news footage of starving Chinese, riots in India, and skeletal babies—Third World Problems—is crosscut with a heaping banquet in London. Ed Park, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2020 Beekeeping demonstrations and crosscut sawing competitions are ongoing throughout the afternoon, and students can try their hand at an apple press to make their own homemade cider. Annie Gentile,, 4 Oct. 2019 These tended to crosscut regions and ideologies in ways that might seem incomprehensible today. Kevin Baker, New Republic, 15 Feb. 2018 Authentic newsreel images of the inauguration of Hoover are crosscut with the inauguration of President Jud Hammond (Walter Huston), a handsome party hack in the Warren G. Harding mold. Thomas Doherty, Slate Magazine, 30 Mar. 2017 Crews bring out the crosscut saws, because chainsaws are prohibited in d Watch Yosemite crew cut, clear big tree blocking trail in timelapse video Ever walk through a gap in a huge tree that has fallen across a path? Dale Kasler, sacbee, 27 Oct. 2017 Step 7: Rotate each crosscut section 90 degrees, alternating between turning them to the left and the right to create a mirrored pattern in the grain. Dave Ball, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2017 Crews bring out the crosscut saws, because chainsaws are prohibited in d David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio Never miss a local story. David Caraccio, sacbee, 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then use the saw to make the crosscut, freeing the waste from the notch [4]. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 5 June 2021 First, crosscut 1 x 8 stock to length for the vertical and horizontal lattice members. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2021 Use the shelf to mark the length of the vertical 1 x 4 that forms the T-support and crosscut that. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 23 Jan. 2021 Griffith was a masterful moviemaker who pioneered the close-up, scenic long shot, and the crosscut. Ainissa G. Ramirez, Scientific American, 8 July 2020 Next, crosscut and bevel the seat support and lay the support across the legs. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2020 And now this week, in a flurry of crosscuts across multiple planes of action, comes a mega-reveal: Charlotte-bot is Dolores. Scott Tobias, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2020 Next crosscut the steel flat stock, round off any sharp corners with a mill file, center-punch, and drill a hole near the end to mount the flat to the legs. Ricard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, 8 Feb. 2020 The crosscut made a sudden rasp, and the vibration in the handle changed. John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2019

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1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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