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 slice appears to be a bit uneven, but then Dennings goes in with the scissors vertically — a technique lots of pros recommend and use. Marci Robin, Allure, 3 Jan. 2022 Yuki then uses a point cut (when the scissors cut into the ends of the hair, rather than across) to create light bangs and add soft texture. Lottie Winter, Glamour, 16 Nov. 2021 The certificates were laminated thick, and the scissors struggled through them. USA Today, 30 Sep. 2021 On the old salon’s last day — after the scissors had been sheathed, the last of the hair clippings swept — Daiva took the staff across the street to Macintyre’s bar. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 The scissors are made from high-quality, rust-proof stainless steel. Tim Kohut, BGR, 11 June 2021 Sledge stabbed Woodall with the scissors four times in the head and once in the forearm. Paul Gattis |, al, 3 May 2021 That’s why, celebrities are eternally unafraid to get friendly with the scissors. Blake Newby, Essence, 3 May 2021 The victim sustained multiple bruises and a cut in the area where Fontanez-Marrero had held the scissors, authorities said. Clifford Ward,, 15 Mar. 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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“Scissors.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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