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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or clip out with scissors.
  2. to eliminate or eradicate from a text; expunge: testimony scissored from the record.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to move one's body or legs like the blades of scissors: a gymnast scissoring over the bar.
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  1. scissors.
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Origin of scissor

First recorded in 1605–15; v. use of singular of scissors
Related formsun·scis·sored, adjective
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  • Both the scissor bird and the viuda (window) bird are aptly named.


    W. H. Koebel

  • He smiled as he noticed the scar left upon the thick leather by the scissor points; and repeated.

    The Gold Girl

    James B. Hendryx

  • Pardon, monsieur, I use the scissor; there is a little fresh growth here.

    Lady Maude's Mania

    George Manville Fenn

  • Twenty-five years ago he began to scissor and to put away those clippings which most impressed him.

    The Fiction Factory

    John Milton Edwards

  • You may be boss of the Scissor Outfit yet—stranger things have been waiting around the corner.

British Dictionary definitions for scissor


  1. (modifier) of or relating to scissorsa scissor blade
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  1. to cut (an object) with scissors
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Word Origin and History for scissor


1610s, "to cut with scissors;" 1961 with reference to leg motions (in the wrestling sense it is attested from 1968); see scissors. Related: Scissored; scissoring.

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