scissor

noun
scis·​sor | \ ˈsi-zər \

Definition of scissor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

scissor

verb
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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Often, that leads to game-changing revelations, many of which are the direct result of having faith in your scissor-wielding skills. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 Chloe, with help from 911 dispatchers, then used a pair of household scissors to cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia girl's love of dolls helps save baby when aunt unexpectedly gives birth in bathroom," 15 Aug. 2018 Using a large circle punch (or use scissors) cut out black circles for his ears. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 Cut your mouth line using scissors, then paint the area underneath with black and red SFX makeup. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 Working in 4 batches, squeeze 3- to 4-inch lengths of batter into oil, using scissors to snip off ends. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 That being said, DO NOT use scissors to pop anything anywhere on your body! Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gross AF Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 10 Sep. 2018 Use scissors if possible and simply cut the unwanted plants to ground level. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Plants starting to look a little crowded? Here’s how to thin them out," 28 June 2018 To remove, using small scissors, cut a slit through the shell and just a bit into the flesh along the back. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "National Shrimp Day: How to buy, store and cook the seafood favorite," 9 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. SI.com, "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. OregonLive.com, "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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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