- (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.
Origin of scissors
- to cut or clip out with scissors.
- to eliminate or eradicate from a text; expunge: testimony scissored from the record.
- to move one's body or legs like the blades of scissors: a gymnast scissoring over the bar.
Origin of scissor
Examples from the Web for scissors
The wounds Kralik suffered were consistent with what the scissors would have caused.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
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
September 16, 2014
A collection of rock-like papier-mâché sculptures stands across from “Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors.”Art’s Bad Boy Dan Colen Is All Grown Up
May 12, 2014
The sheets of paper he used were pre-painted by his assistants, before he cut directly into the color with his scissors.Matisse: Innovator Until the End
April 16, 2014
If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?Can You Answer These 10 Oddball Job Interview Questions Asked at America’s Top Tech Companies?
January 17, 2014
"I'll use my scissors and needle on them to-night," she said, ruthlessly.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Cut off as much of it as is soft with a penknife or scissors.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
On the table our pair of scissors will cut up all your old books.The Chinese Fairy Book
The word "pair" as it is used then had no more meaning than when we now say "a pair of scissors."How the Piano Came to Be
Ellye Howell Glover
The girl was trying to loosen the door hinges with the points of her scissors.The Fat and the Thin
- 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
- (modifier) of or relating to scissorsa scissor blade
- to cut (an object) with scissors
Word Origin and History for scissors
late 14c., sisoures, from Old French cisoires (plural) "shears," from Vulgar Latin *cisoria (plural) "cutting instrument," from *cisus (in compounds such as Latin excisus, past participle of excidere "to cut out"), ultimately from Latin caedere "to cut" (see -cide). Spelling with sc- is 16c., from influence of Medieval Latin scissor "tailor," in classical Latin "carver, cutter," from past participle stem of scindere "to split."
Usually with pair of (attested from c.1400) when indication of just one is required, but a singular form without the -s occasionally was used (cysowre, mid-15c.). In Scotland, shears answers for all sizes, according to OED; but in England generally that word is used only for those too large to be worked by one hand. Sense in wrestling is from 1904. Oh scissors! was a 19c. exclamation of impatience or disgust (1843). In reference to a type of swimming kick, from 1902 (the image itself is from 1880s).
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.