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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After a round of rock paper scissors to see who would go first, Joey agreed to begin with a dare. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, ""The Kissing Booth" Stars Joey King and Joel Courtney Play Truth or Dare," 2 July 2018 On a recent afternoon, workers were traversing the interior of the Watershed on scissor lifts. New York Times, "In an East Boston Shipyard, a Watershed Idea for Art," 22 June 2018 Sleeveless If your closet is overflowing with almost identical leather jackets (🙋), grab a pair of scissors and DIY yourself a badass vest. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 14 Nov. 2017 Then the scissors-wielding economists at the Treasury moved in to decimate, if not demolish, all military forces as swiftly as possible. Paul Kennedy, WSJ, "The RAF at 100: Masters of the Skies," 29 June 2018 But on this June day, saws were humming, hammers ringing, and the scissors elevator punctuated the air with a high-pitched beep-beep-beep. Hattie Bernstein,, "Flock from Bible Belt arrives to help raise Chinese church," 22 June 2018 Stimage, for example, used the color orange as an analogy for black identity in her work, an assemblage of orange objects like cheese puffs, scissors, and goldfish. Daise Bedolla, The Cut, "The Ultimate Instagram Exhibit Is Headed to New York City," 20 June 2018 The girl then allegedly stabbed her classmate with a pair of scissors in retaliation, resulting in injuries that were reportedly treated at the nurse's office. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A High School Student Reportedly Sexually Harassed His Classmate, So She Stabbed Him With Scissors," 6 May 2018 Named after the Korean equivalent of rock-paper-scissors, the items are used within the song to represent solidarity, harmony and peace. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Female Korean Solo Artists Are Flourishing in April With New Singles From Luna, Hyolyn, Yoonmirae & More," 24 Apr. 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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