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 Guys are left to unbutton their shirts, wear uncomfortably tight clothing or to get creative with scissors. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 12 Oct. 2021 The ends of each piece of insulation can be cut with scissors at a sharp angle, 30 to 40 degrees. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Deputies pounced, pinning her down, handcuffing her and cutting off her clothes and her acrylic nails with scissors. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 These indestructible stainless steel scissors are sharp and strong as hell. Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Ray’s geometric compositions—and some of the imagery from his rayographs, such as scissors—may owe something to his parents’ professions. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 Anarcha has a gaping hole through her midsection; her womb stands alone nearby, made of gold mesh and containing objects that would make any woman shudder in this context — needles, medical instruments, scissors, cut glass. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 And if that’s not enough to take scissors to your skirt collection, nothing will be. Eliza Huber,, 22 Sep. 2021 The suspect, who boarded the train with the knife, scissors, cooking oil and a lighter, moved to other carriages after stabbing the first woman., 7 Aug. 2021

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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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23 Oct 2021

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“Scissors.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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


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


noun, plural in form 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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