crosscut

verb
cross·​cut | \ˈkrȯs-ˌkət, -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

crosscut

adjective

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

crosscut

noun
cross·​cut | \ˈkrȯs-ˌkət \

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

Instructions Make the bins parts by crosscutting pieces of 1 x 4 to length. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 Now crosscut the support cleats based on the width of the sides. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 Today, the roughly 2,000 that exist in the wild live largely in small, fragmented populations that are separated by crosscutting roads. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Science Behind the Unbearably Cute IMAX Movie “Pandas”," 6 Apr. 2018 First, rip the plywood pieces to width and crosscut them. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 Insurers and state officials said that enrollment in ACA plans this year was subject to crosscutting pressures, with many factors pushing down sign-ups but others potentially buoying interest. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Health-Law Insurance Sign-Ups Decline," 21 Dec. 2017 Lay the five 1 x 6 for the lid on the work bench and crosscut some scraps for three inner cleats across their width. Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Halloween Coffin," 9 Oct. 2017 Crosscutting between scenes set in the present day and flashbacks to Jeannette's childhood, the movie shows us what looks, at first blush, like a romantic adventure. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'Glass Castle' movie review: Not all it's cracked up to be," 11 Aug. 2017 But scholars are only beginning to understand these new coalitions, which are motivated by crosscutting issues. Max Fisher And Amanda Taub, New York Times, "Uncertainty, More Than Populism, Is New Normal in Western Politics," 10 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

These tended to crosscut regions and ideologies in ways that might seem incomprehensible today. Kevin Baker, New Republic, "There are no good old days to return to in U.S. politics. The truth about a post-Trump era.," 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, "When Fascist Heroes Took Over the Movies," 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, "Donald Trump wants to double the price of getting into Yosemite. Is that fair?," 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, "How to Make a Butcherblock," 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, "Monarchs, bees and other insects take over Yosemite milkweed fields," 13 July 2017 But the film is edited in crosscut form to give the impression the events happen simultaneously, which accounts for abrupt shifts from day to night. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "What’d he say? ‘Dunkirk’ fights the good fight, but parts are unintelligible," 19 July 2017 Vibrant new crosscut wood grain further dresses up the classy cabin. Steve Irsay, Orange County Register, "Pure Vanilla," 3 Mar. 2017 McLeod is now a professor at Paul Smith’s College, in the Adirondacks, where crosscut saws are accorded the same attention Juilliard devotes to the viola. Reeves Wiedeman, The New Yorker, "Lumberjacking in Brooklyn," 6 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The teeth of the sixgill shark work like a crosscut saw, and tore into the Carcharocles angustidens like loggers felling a tree. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Prehistoric survivor? How we know the 'Meg' is dead," 15 Aug. 2018 Each are dust-sized grains, individually smaller than a crosscut of your hair. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "These Are The Oldest Meteorites Ever Discovered," 11 May 2016 The story crosscuts between four or five major story threads, much like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and other complicated serial narratives. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Avengers: Infinity War is stunning, hilarious, and heartbreaking," 24 Apr. 2018 A friend, Tiisi Qisiiq, began cutting blocks of snow with a carpenter’s crosscut saw. Craig S. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Making igloos: a vanishing art in the Arctic," 7 July 2017 A friend, Tiisi Qisiiq, began cutting blocks of snow with a carpenter’s crosscut saw. Craig S. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Making igloos: a vanishing art in the Arctic," 7 July 2017 Next, crosscut and bevel the seat support and lay the support across the legs. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build the Perfect Picnic Table," 12 June 2017 In a series of crosscuts that ramp up to a rat-a-tat pace, the story cuts from Charles facing down Baby Face Nelson to Bob confronting men who want to keep him quiet about the past. Gerald Bartell, Orange County Register, "Depression-era outlaws come shooting back to life in “G-Men”," 25 May 2017 A friend, Tiisi Qisiiq, began cutting blocks of snow with a carpenter’s crosscut saw. Craig S. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Making igloos: a vanishing art in the Arctic," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of crosscut

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

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