1. A coat with front edges sloping diagonally from the waist and forming tails at the back.
2. A brief shot that interrupts the main action of a film, often to depict related matter or supposedly concurrent action.
3. A model or diagram of an object with part of the outer layer removed so as to reveal the interior.
4. Sports An inward dive.
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