scis·​sors | \ ˈsi-zərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Definition of scissors

1 : a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other
2a : a gymnastic feat in which the leg movements suggest the opening and closing of scissors

Examples of scissors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The setup — a seated woman, an audience, a pair of scissors — is simple. New York Times, "The 25 Most Influential Works of American Protest Art Since World War II," 15 Oct. 2020 The seatbelt would not unbuckle, so Sherbovich rushed into a nearby hair salon in search of help and scissors to cut her son free. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Massachusetts Mom Saves 8-Year-Old Son from Suffocating After Seat Belt Wraps Around His Neck," 16 Sep. 2020 In one, artist Mark Bradford shows how to do a self-portrait from song lyrics using among other things pens, pencils, poster paper and scissors. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Go behind the scenes with Elton John at the Troubadour," 3 Sep. 2020 Ojemudia’s lone coverage issue against Nebraska came midway through the third quarter when Spielman ran a scissors route and got behind the secondary for a 39-yard touchdown pass. Phillip Heilman, The Denver Post, "Broncos’ rookie Michael Ojemudia shows strong upside at cornerback," 7 June 2020 Thanks to the scissors, clinical trials of new cancer therapies are now underway. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to two women for the first time," 7 Oct. 2020 For example, Akash Singh, a member of the sound department, included items that would be in his sound cart, including scissors (turned out some of the actors didn't have a pair at home) and WD-40 for things like squeaky chairs. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "How NBC's isolation comedy Connecting was made during a pandemic," 2 Oct. 2020 Daisey LaCourse, a hairstylist at the salon, gave Sherbovich some scissors and called 911, WHSV reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Massachusetts Mom Saves 8-Year-Old Son from Suffocating After Seat Belt Wraps Around His Neck," 16 Sep. 2020 This 120 piece first aid kit from Swiss Safe is compact and comes with bandaids, gloves, antiseptic wipes, scissors, a whistle, CPR mask, gauze, a trauma pad, a compass and more. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form?," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of scissors

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scissors

Middle English cisours, sisoures, from Middle French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *caesorium (singular) cutting instrument, from Latin caedere to cut

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The first known use of scissors was in the 15th century

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22 Oct 2020

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“Scissors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissors. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for scissors

scissors

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of scissors

: a tool used for cutting paper, cloth, etc., that has two blades joined together in the middle so that the sharp edges slide against each other

scissors

noun plural
scis·​sors | \ ˈsi-zərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Kids Definition of scissors

: a cutting instrument with two blades fastened together so that the sharp edges slide against each other

scissors

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
scis·​sors | \ ˈsiz-ərz How to pronounce scissors (audio) \

Medical Definition of scissors

: a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other

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