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jump cut Syllabification: jump cut
Pronunciation: /ˈjəmp ˌkət/

Definition of jump cut in English:


(In film or television) an abrupt transition from one scene to another.
Example sentences
  • They stand alone, but can also be experienced as a lightning-quick montage of jumpcuts.
  • Presented in black-and-white documentary-style, with jumpcuts and hand-held shots, the spot dissolves to quick cuts from Ryan's speech before the Trumbull County organization.
  • Slick dramatic lighting and a varied, enjoyable color design smooth out the film's disjointing plot jump-cuts and occasional coincidences.


(jump-cut) [no object] Back to top  
(In filmmaking or television) make an abrupt transition from one scene to another.
Example sentences
  • In suspense scenes with multiple characters, we shouldn't have to jump cut to a brief expository discussion about ‘who's next’ to act as a finger string.
  • Stone understands composition and action, and knows when to jump cut and when to hold on the moment.
  • He lassoes one and we jump cut to Smith at night with a fire that has something cooking on a spit.

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