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 The company’s signature Greek meandros pattern also runs along the bottom of the car’s scissor doors, and there’s special Versace badging at the rear of the car. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Lamborghini and Versace Made 20 Rare Murcielagos Together. Now One Is up for Sale.," 9 Mar. 2021 The heart of this home is a two-story atrium with a scissor staircase. Lia Picard, WSJ, "Once an ‘Out-of-Fad’ Style, Atriums Again See The Light of Day," 9 Mar. 2021 Repeat the steps described above to sharpen and hone the other scissor blade. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen Any Pair of Dull Scissors," 5 Mar. 2021 Then, lay the inside surface of the scissor blade flat on the stone. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen Any Pair of Dull Scissors," 5 Mar. 2021 While Lamborghinis with scissor doors are not allowed on board, motorcycles, jet skis, small trailers, and even limousines are permitted. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Book a Private Room on Amtrak's Auto Train for Just $109 Right Now," 4 Mar. 2021 Piccioli relies on an irrepressible scissor stroke to create the short looks. Allyson Portee, Forbes, "Valentino’s Act Collection, Autumn-Winter 2021 Is A Nod To Sustain Culture," 1 Mar. 2021 The two most common types feature either a plier or a scissor as the main element. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "4 Things to Look for in Your Next Multi Tool," 31 July 2019 The Reif was the first venue in the state to host a drive-in concert, staging a musical duo on a scissor lift. Star Tribune, "How we got through: 10 great escapes from the hellscape that was 2020," 22 Dec. 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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