jump cut

noun

Definition of 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)

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Other Words from jump cut

jump-cut \ ˈjəmp-​ˌkət How to pronounce jump cut (audio) \ verb

Examples of jump cut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With every jump cut out of harm’s way, every highlight-reel catch over a hapless defender, Dobbins looks more and more essential to the Ravens’ offense in 2020 and beyond. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 29 Aug. 2020 Sedgewick has a knack for the sparkling digression and arresting jump cut, hopping back and forth between El Salvador and the wider world, where coffee was being consumed in ever-increasing quantities. Michael Pollan, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2020 The Fifth sprawls across three parts and five movements, with numerous jump cuts and sharp turns along the way. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 The trailer is stuffed with overdramatic jump cuts and hammy retorts from its famous actors—including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 26 Nov. 2019 Beck’s early lyrics were seen as a random, ironic reflection of the MTV aesthetic—the jump cuts, the onslaught of arbitrary images. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2019 There are snappy black-and-white flashbacks to Bergoglio’s youth in Argentina, and jolting jump cuts to specific memories. David Sims, The Atlantic, 29 Nov. 2019 Attempting to run between guard and tackle, Ballage took a handoff from Fitzpatrick and used a jump cut trying to identify a hole. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2019 McKissic had two big gains in the third quarter, including one shifty jump cut to get by Tahir Whitehead for an 11-yard run. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of jump cut

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Jump cut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20cut. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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