scis·​sor | \ ˈsi-zər How to pronounce scissor (audio) \

Definition of scissor

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scissored; scissoring\ ˈsi-​zə-​riŋ How to pronounce scissoring (audio) , ˈsiz-​riŋ \

Definition of scissor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut, cut up, or cut off with scissors or shears scissored the paper into strips

Examples of scissor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the video, a smiling Kim wore a black Mao suit and cut a huge red ribbon with a ceremonial pair of scissors. Fox News, "North Korea releases pictures showing Kim Jong Un's first public appearance in weeks," 3 May 2020 In this step-by-step video, Houston Chronicle multimedia producer Laura Duclos shows how to craft your own fashionable and functional face coverings at home using nothing more than a rubber band. an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. Houston Chronicle, "Watch: How to make no-sew, CDC-approved coronavirus face coverings," 29 Apr. 2020 In 2013, Murray stabbed his brother in the neck with a pair of scissors, officers wrote in a police report. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "3 in jail, 1 still at large after man fatally shot at southeast Dallas apartment," 22 Apr. 2020 The evidence is all over social media: With hair salons shuttered, people have resorted to chopping at long locks with craft scissors or full-on shaving their heads, or dying their hair blue or pink with box dye. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "The Psychology Behind That Tempting Quarantine Makeover," 24 Apr. 2020 Making sure your hair is still damp, comb your hair upward in rows, from front to back, trimming with scissors to preferred length. USA Today, "Steps to cutting your own hair during the coronavirus shutdown," 23 Apr. 2020 Secondly, using good sewing scissors to trim overgrown locks based on a questionable YouTube video may not have been the best solution. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Stay at home, cut your hair, start a compost bin: Valley Views," 20 Apr. 2020 Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana doesn't seem to be taking any scissors to her long locks. Marcus Jones,, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, and more stars who got creative with hair and makeup in quarantine," 8 Apr. 2020 Everyone needs tape, scissors and that one battery. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "The Cheap Thrills and Instant Gratification of Home Organization," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her book recalls the photomontages of Hannah Höch, in which objects, text, and images from the German media are scissored up and juxtaposed, producing unexpected scenarios that feel all the more truthful for their strangeness. Mireille Juchau, The New Yorker, "How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism," 7 Nov. 2019 His legs scissored apart in soaring full splits, the unbound flexibility delivering an extra sensation of vigor and freedom. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "The Washington Ballet let Brooklyn Mack go. The popular dancer landed at the Metropolitan Opera House.," 18 June 2019 Like its predecessors—the Countach, Diablo, and Murciélago—the Aventador SV is an impossibly wide, ridiculously low-slung blade of a car, with doors that scissor skyward and a huge V-12 behind the seats. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Took a Road Trip in a Supercar," 2 Feb. 2016 Arctic Ivanoff placed second in the boys scissor broad jump and finished fourth in both the two-foot high kick and the one-hand reach. Anchorage Daily News, "Ivanoffs clean up on second day of Native Youth Olympics," 28 Apr. 2018 Without any option other than letting the forward through or cutting him down, the 28-year-old opted for the latter; scissoring his opponent as the last man and bringing him to ground after only nine seconds., "VIDEO: Argentine Defender Receives Incredible Red Card After Only Nine Seconds," 24 Oct. 2017 The Bruins hope to scissor their six-game losing streak in the series with Oregon., "Will the Oregon Ducks' defense be up to the task against UCLA's Josh Rosen? Issues & Answers," 21 Oct. 2017 Berrios rarely found himself in trouble scissoring through the daunting lineups of Cleveland, Colorado and Baltimore in his three wins. Brian Murphy, Twin Cities, "Murphy: Berrios isn’t the Twins’ stopper. Not yet, anyway.," 30 May 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Scissor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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