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[ siz-er ]

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.

verb (used without object)

  1. to move one's body or legs like the blades of scissors:

    a gymnast scissoring over the bar.


/ ˈsɪzə /


  1. modifier of or relating to scissors

    a scissor blade


  1. to cut (an object) with scissors

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Other Words From

  • un·scissored adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scissor1

First recorded in 1605–15; v. use of singular of scissors

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Example Sentences

The aim is to make the gene scissors appear in a person’s cells, cut out the problem gene, and then fade away.

Forget using scissors to tend to your indoor our outdoor plants.

Bacteria develop clustered repeated sequences in their DNA, known as CRISPRs, that can remember dangerous viruses and then deploy RNA-guided scissors to destroy them.

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Use sharp scissors or game shears to cut a 2-inch round hole on its underside.

Vanesler said Brinkman approached him holding a pair of scissors, although police records show there were conflicting reports at the time of what he thought the weapon really was.

The leads in Blue Is the Warmest Color scissor in a dozen different positions but we never once see them penetrate each other.

When you have a cause, the best way to express yourself is artistically,” he says, against “the scissor of the oppressor.

"Prob'ly some old scissor bills that got a notion of hangin' on to their land," Scattergood said.

You know I talked of buying a gold scissor-sheath for Laura, but I think a leather one will do just as well.

The old soldier ambled up the village street, all shadowy in the dawn, on a gaunt, scissor-hocked pony.

You beg to dine the gay-kerchiefed Scissor-Grinder's child, but they invite the Minister's toothless mother-in-law!

Cecil felt like the drowning woman when she gave the last scissor-like gesture with her fingers.


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