Editing
What these points demonstrate is that more is at stake in editing than simply "joining together shots".  That editing functions so closely with other elements of cinematic expression (camera's mediation and mise-en-scene, for example) that making distinctions between elements can be difficult.  As a result, editing needs to be conceived of in a broader manner.  This is the value of Bordwell and Thompson's discussion of editing.

DEFINITION:  Bordwell and Thompson define editing as the coordination of one shot with the next.
 


THE FOUR DIMENSIONS OF EDITING