jump cut


: a sudden often jarring cut from one shot or scene to another without intervening devices (such as fade-outs)
broadly : an abrupt transition (as in a narrative)
jump-cut verb

Examples of jump cut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shorts featured himself and Nathan Dales as hicks hanging out at the produce stand and pontificating about their problems in quick jump cuts. Amber Dowling, Variety, 23 Dec. 2023 After a jump cut in the footage, emergency first responders arrive and take the unconscious girl away. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 The novel’s jump cuts and syncopated rhythm, borrowed from the cinema and jazz music of the 1920s, mimic the street life of the city. David Blackbourn, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2019 Somehow, Billingsley spun out of Burrus' tackle attempt, cut inside, jump cut back outside and down the left sideline and into the end zone. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Aug. 2023 The Patriots quarterback forced the first challenger to the ground with a nasty jump cut that left the linebacker flailing. Varun Shankar, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2023 You got bombarded a lot over three hours with a very fast moving scenes, a lot of fast moving camera stuff, very loud noises, a loud score, and a lot of visual jump cuts. Michael Calore, WIRED, 20 July 2023 Corum's jump cut behind the line of scrimmage — from right to left, on a dime, with a wall of bodies ahead of him — opened a lane around the left side of U-M’s formation, the space left vacant by Maryland's desperate collapse toward the middle of the field. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2022 Artful jump cuts can illuminate all kinds of interesting associations between images. Niela Orr, New York Times, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jump cut was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Jump cut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20cut. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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