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

Definition of scissor

 (Entry 1 of 2)


scissored; scissoring\ ˈsi-​zə-​riŋ How to pronounce scissor (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 That's why a scissor requires conversation to start cutting, as Alexander's narrator says. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 19 Aug. 2021 In short, the vessel’s two hulls are connected by four articulating scissor mechanisms positioned at each corner of the superstructure. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 29 Dec. 2021 Clamshell models flip open, while others raise on scissor-lift style frames or just lift up on sturdy tent poles. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2016 The look of thin hair can change dramatically with the power of the humble scissor — and the right cutting hand. Allure, 30 Dec. 2021 The keyboard generally feels like apples other scissor-switch style keyboards and that’s a good thing. Christian De Looper, BGR, 15 Nov. 2021 This entails twisting a strand of thread held between the teeth and hands into a loop that opens and closes over the hairs in a scissor movement, plucking them out. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 Morgan and Jodie Taylor both placed a shot apiece on goal, and Sydney Leroux nearly landed a scissor kick after settling a long cross from Morgan with her chest. Julia Poe,, 14 Oct. 2021 Logitech goes for the same scissor-switch key mechanism that Apple uses, but there’s more travel on each key. Barry Collins, Forbes, 9 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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., 24 Oct. 2017 The Bruins hope to scissor their six-game losing streak in the series with Oregon., 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, 30 May 2017 See More

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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 24 May. 2022.

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