crosscut

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verb

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

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

crosscut

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adjective

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

crosscut

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noun

cross·​cut ˈkrȯs-ˌkət How to pronounce crosscut (audio)
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: something that cuts across or through
specifically : a mine working driven horizontally and at right angles to an adit, drift, or level
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: an instance of crosscutting (as in a movie)

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Example Sentences

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Verb
The scene is crosscut with Alicent copulating with the King—disinterestedly and out of duty. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 12 Sep. 2022 Rip and crosscut the plywood back to fit the space between the rabbets and match the case length. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 26 Sep. 2020 His Mickey is pleasantly mumbly, with a hangdog mien that’s often crosscut with a don’t-underestimate-me swagger. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2022 Man and his machinery, but crosscut with the fabulous. Anthony Haden-guest, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 While the glue is drying, rip and crosscut the cross-braces. Rosario Capotosto, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2021 Throughout this thing, Thompson is dropping explanatory information and montages that are crosscut with more information. New York Times, 24 June 2021 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
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, courant.com, 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
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The crosscut tunnel intersects with one of the main tunnels beyond the entrance, providing a shorter distance to the underground launch area. Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen And Jeremy Herb, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 The resulting rip or crosscut is table saw-accurate. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 12 Nov. 2021 Make the shoulder cuts: With a power miter saw or a circular saw and a crosscut guide, cut four legs, nine seat boards, and 12 spacers to length. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 31 July 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosscut was in 1590

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“Crosscut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crosscut. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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