(used with a singular or plural verb) a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc., consisting of two blades, each having a ring-shaped handle, that are so pivoted together that their sharp edges work one against the other (often used with pair of).
(used with a singular verb)Gymnastics. any of several feats in which the legs execute a scissorlike motion.
(used with a singular verb)Wrestling. a hold secured by clasping the legs around the body or head of the opponent.
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How to use scissors in a sentence
In another experiment, a chemical that blocks cutting by TMPRSS2 and other similar scissors proteins stopped omicron from breaking into cells, suggesting that some sort of spike cutter is still needed.How omicron’s mutations make it the most infectious coronavirus variant yet | Tina Hesman Saey | March 1, 2022 | Science News
You can do that and other basic editing tasks by tapping the scissors icon at the top of your screen.Android’s Recorder app makes it easy to post audio to social media | Sandra Gutierrez G. | January 7, 2022 | Popular-Science
Do you think Beth knew what would happen if she stabbed Dawn with those scissors?
The wounds Kralik suffered were consistent with what the scissors would have caused.
He still cuts and pastes—literally, with scissors and tape—as he edits each chapter of each book.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece | Scott Porch | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cas9 are the molecular scissors that cut out what he does not like: the normal CCR5 that welcomes in HIV.
A collection of rock-like papier-mâché sculptures stands across from “Cymbals, Smoke and scissors.”
Taking the scissors from Violet's workbag, she cut the laundry bag carefully into two pieces, saving the cord for a clothesline.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
They were tangled, too, and Jess cut them off evenly by a string, with Violet's little scissors.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Miss Rivers took up some brown leaves which she was cutting out with scissors, and shaping.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
“It comes from the dead,” said she, but she opened it at last, cutting round the large seal with a pair of scissors.David Fleming's Forgiveness | Margaret Murray Robertson
At his belt he carries a pair of scissors to cut the long leaves of the green tobacco he smokes into the hollow of his hand.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for scissors
Also called: pair of scissors a cutting instrument used for cloth, hair, etc, having two crossed pivoted blades that cut by a shearing action, with ring-shaped handles at one end
a wrestling hold in which a wrestler wraps his legs round his opponent's body or head, locks his feet together, and squeezes
any gymnastic or athletic feat in which the legs cross and uncross in a scissor-like movement
athletics a technique in high-jumping, now little used, in which the legs perform a scissor-like movement in clearing the bar
- scissor-like, adjective
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