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 Our research confirms that the Church has a level of approval and moral authority in Venezuela that crosscuts political powers. David Smilde, The Conversation, "Catholic Church urges Venezuela to unite against coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 The Tools The Plans and Materials Make the Pieces Begin by crosscutting the poplar uprights and hinge blocks to rough length. Rip them to 2 5/8 inches wide, and plane to the finished thickness. Richard Romanski, Popular Mechanics, "It's Time To Make a Stand-Up Desk," 15 Feb. 2020 Otherwise, the tree is crosscut into logs, the logs are loaded onto the truck, piled in the yard, and then loaded one at a time onto the splitter. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 6 Nov. 2019 Back alleys crosscut the district, making properties easy to enter via rear entrances. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "The Wrong Way to Fight the Opioid Crisis," 3 Feb. 2020 Rip and crosscut a piece of remaining lumber to 12 by 3 inches, then angle your table saw blade to 45 degrees and rip it roughly down the middle (exact angle and measurements don’t matter much here), creating two cleats. David Kaleko, Popular Science, "Build a floating key organizer cabinet you’ll love coming home to," 27 Jan. 2020 Corded circular saws are powerful tools that crosscut wood (cut across its grain) and rip it (cut with the grain). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Budget-Friendly Circular Saws for Summer Construction," 9 July 2019 There’s a showstopping sequence that crosscuts between the personal and political narratives in a way that’s hard to describe without reaching for the sweatiest scene from Steven Spielberg’s Munich. Darren Franich,, "Queen & Slim is an old-fashioned road picture set in a brutally modern America: Review," 25 Nov. 2019 Thus, members of each clan had representation from all five tribes and crosscutting relationships now unified the community. The Economist, "Does your brain care about other people? It depends," 4 Nov. 2019 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, "The Best Circular Saw Blade for Every Cut," 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, "Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis," 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,, "Harvest Fest Celebrated At Yale-Myers Forest," 4 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Griffith was a masterful moviemaker who pioneered the close-up, scenic long shot, and the crosscut. Ainissa G. Ramirez, Scientific American, "Black Images Matter: How Cameras Helped—and Sometimes Harmed—Black People," 8 July 2020 Next, crosscut and bevel the seat support and lay the support across the legs. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "A Movable Feast: Building Your Own Picnic Table," 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, "‘Westworld’ Season 3, Episode 4 Recap: Multiple Personality Disorder," 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, "How To Build Your Very Own Indoor Firewood Rack," 8 Feb. 2020 The crosscut made a sudden rasp, and the vibration in the handle changed. John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, "Mother Nut," 23 Dec. 2019 The film crosscut scenes of Lenny stabbing himself with scissors in an all-white bathroom with scenes of schoolyard humiliation and maternal consolation. John Lahr, The New Yorker, "Todd Haynes Rewrites the Hollywood Playbook," 4 Nov. 2019 The teeth of this high-quality 40-tooth blade have both flat-top and alternate-top-bevel grind so the blade rips and crosscuts cleanly. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 15 Jan. 2019 More Film Reviews The narrative moves lurchingly, with frequent inter-queen crosscuts that call attention to the choppy structure. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Review: Royalty Minus Majesty," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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