cross·​cut·​ting ˈkrȯs-ˌkə-tiŋ How to pronounce crosscutting (audio)
: a technique especially in filmmaking of interweaving bits of two or more separate scenes

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is some great crosscutting between two Dutton men giving speeches. William Earl, Variety, 1 Jan. 2023 But the finale's crosscutting was symphonic, bangs and crashes and screams across realities. Darren Franich,, 5 July 2022 The crosscutting between Brom’s murder by Al’s henchman and Al seemingly flirting with yet another murder amplifies our sense that the man is every place at once: a sorcerer whose powers extend past the camp’s borders. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 Though Lacenaire is not always as interesting as Raskolnikov or Dostoevsky, the crosscutting is generally effective at suggesting similarities and sources. Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 On the surface, that does sound more straightforward than season 1’s secret crosscutting between decades. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, 2 July 2018 Disaster flick crosscutting reveals that — what are the odds? — a wolf up in Wyoming and a gator down in the Everglades have been similarly mutated, in keeping with the game’s setup. Tom Russo,, 11 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crosscutting was in 1930

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“Crosscutting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Apr. 2023.

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