scis·sor | \ ˈsi-zər \

Definition of scissor 

(Entry 1 of 2)


scissored; scissoring\ˈsi-zə-riŋ, 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

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The idea would be to slip a type of molecular scissors, known as Crispr, into cells that would slice open DNA wherever scientists wanted a new gene to go. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases," 11 July 2018 Her buyer, Dan Choi, a Korean-American expat who started his human hair company, Remy New York in 2017, arrives days later on a motorbike armed with scissors, zip ties, and cash., "Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding," 9 June 2018 Wielding gold ceremonial scissors, Winston VP of Regional Sales Michael Moser and salon manager Matthew Coleman were joined by San Francisco Protocol Chief Charlotte Shultz, who, adorned with Winston dazzlers, shimmered in the morning sun. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Smuin dancers moonlight as bakers for gala," 13 Mar. 2018 Miami Beach police said that Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, held the scissors with his feet and stabbed Cesar Coronado just after midnight Tuesday. Johnny Diaz,, "Armless street artist stabbed Chicago tourist in Miami Beach, police say," 12 July 2018 Katz used his jiu jitsu training to get the scissors away from Washington, according to a proclamation read Wednesday. Arielle Kass, ajc, "2 men who helped woman attacked in Fulton courthouse elevator honored," 6 June 2018 Apparently because of the Kunming knife attack, knives and scissors are as hard to buy as a gun in Japan. The Economist, "China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other," 31 May 2018 Use the tip of the scissors to remove and discard the vein. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "National Shrimp Day: How to buy, store and cook the seafood favorite," 9 May 2018 Authorities say the student at Central High School grabbed the scissors after the young man lifted her dress and attempted to stab the male student several times until finally connecting. Yesha Callahan, The Root, "Teen Stabs Classmate With Scissors After He Pulls Up Her Dress," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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First Known Use of scissor


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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