in·​ter·​cut ˌin-tər-ˈkət How to pronounce intercut (audio)
intercut; intercutting; intercuts

transitive verb

: to insert (a contrasting camera shot) into a take by cutting
: to insert a contrasting camera shot into (a take) by cutting

intransitive verb

: to alternate contrasting camera shots by cutting

Examples of intercut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poll’s challenges were technical, intercutting the dramatic scenes with musical moments, or cutting the film’s opening number with its great crescendo. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023 More directly than his previous films, his penchant for long takes with minimal intercutting seeds an emotional suspense, for us as well as the fragile humans inside cinematographer Yves Cape’s cool, steady frame. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 But in the corresponding music video, which intercuts band performance footage with scenes from the film, Body Count multitracks the vocals, coming on like an army. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2023 Occasionally, the filmmakers intercut beautiful black-and-white passages of visual poetry expressed in ASL by artist Christine Sun Kim as transitions. Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 The video intercuts clips of Gosling practicing his moves in sweatpants and a backwards hat in a dance studio with footage from the finished film. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 21 Aug. 2023 Satter, who makes her filmmaking debut here, brilliantly deploys cinematic technique to deepen and animate what might easily have been a static tableau of talking heads, intercutting real-life tape and introducing moments of static to stand in for redactions in the official record. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 29 May 2023 Being able to intercut with the drama, but then show the band at its peak, was important. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2023 Philippe intercuts that story with Shatner’s parallel recounting of the same tale in his series of one-man shows. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of intercut was in 1932

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“Intercut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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